African conservation helps protect the existing reserves, the animals that live on them and the people who call them home. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, deforestation is affecting Africa at twice the world rate and poachers are putting a large percentage of African wildlife at risk of extinction. This is why African wildlife conservation is so important and why you should look into participating in an African conservation program on your gap year.
A number of programs focus specifically on African wildlife conservation and there’s more than just the ‘Big 5’ to lend a helping hand too! As the second largest continent on the planet, Africa is home to over 1,100 species of mammals and over 100,000 general specials altogether. There are however thousands of endangered species in Africa due to trophy hunting, habitat loss, change in ecosystems, unregulated livestock farming, crop farming and deforestation.
Regular duties expected from African conservation volunteers include tracking and collaring of animals, surveying and patrolling wildlife, predator tracking, removing traps and snares, community clean ups and much more. African conservation programs vary considerably from each other so it is imperative that you read each one carefully to ensure it is something that truly excites you.
Come face to face with one of the world’s most infamous predators
Come face-to-face with the enchanting gorillas of Southern Uganda
Come and join this once in a lifetime project, giving you the chance to help in essential human-animal conflict reduction in the deserts of Namibia.
Work alongside professional wildlife researchers monitoring cheetah, leopard and hyena in Namibia
Tanzania has some of the most spectacular diving in the world, a perfect place to gain experience and course credit. The crystal clear waters host a wealth of marine habitats and wildlife.
Work hands on with a variety of primate species at a well-respected rescue centre. You will learn about primate behaviour and care as well as providing enrichment for rescued monkeys.
Dive in some of the least explored marine sites in the world, helping further the research and protection of these pristine ecosystems & work towards a sustainable environment in Madagascar.
This Vervet Monkey volunteer project in South Africa offers an incredible opportunity to gain hands on experience. You may even have the opportunity to be a surrogate Vervet Monkey parent.
Join a mounted anti-poaching patrol and help in the preservation of predators and rhinos
Come and join this fantastic project in the heart of Namibia and get up close and personal with some of Africa’s most iconic species of wildlife!