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.
Do you have a passion for animals and wildlife? We offer exciting opportunities for you to get real world hands-on experience with conservation efforts in Asia, Africa and The Americas!
Immerse yourself in a welcoming rural community in the green mountains of south west Uganda, home to endangered mountain gorillas. Help educate communities and conserve this amazing species.
Work closely with marine biologists monitoring and conserving Great White sharks, seals, whales and other marine life.
Care for and help rescued, injured and orphaned African wildlife and give them a second chance in life.
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.
The most fun that you can have on a horse! Combine horse riding safaris with hands-on rhino and elephant conservation, anti-poaching patrols and game park management.
Join our research teams on game reserves within the Greater Kruger Area, to collect data, track, survey and monitor the allusive at-risk predators in this iconic and stunning landscape.
Discover, monitor and assess the huge variety of Madagascar’s exotic and rare species as you trek through remote regions of this hugely exciting island.
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.
Explore the wildlife and habitats of South Africa on an intense two week experience which takes you to some stunning locations.