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.
Experience hands-on volunteering with cheetahs, baboons and much more
Be part of an ongoing research program on cheetahs, leopards and hyenas while helping with the conservation efforts.
This amazing opportunity based in Thailand seeks to promote sustainable elephant-based tourism, which benefits the local community as well as the elephants!
Our Wildlife Veterinary and Game Farming course is an incredibly hands on and rewarding programme, allowing you to work closely with one of the Western Cape’s premier Wildlife Vets.
This is the only project in the world where you can take lions for a walk through a game reserve!
Work on the Balule Game Reserve in the greater Kruger National Park with experienced field guides, research managers and ecologists.
Antelope Park, Zimbabwe is where our ground-breaking Lion Rehabilitation Program began. Volunteers get the opportunity to work closely with lions and help the future of this iconic species.
Provide a helping hand on an amazing private game reserve in South Africa, tending to the Big 5 and even helping care for rare Bengal Tigers!
Join a dedicated team rehabilitating and caring for injured and poisoned wildlife at this amazing centre.
Become an assistant game ranger in this stunning conservation area, and witness South Africa’s fabulous ’Big 5’ whilst helping to protect flora and fauna on this beautiful game...