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.
Join our pride for a life changing and educational experience at a true ethical big cat sanctuary! Together with your new two and four legged friends, you will make a difference!
Experience the magical island of Madagascar, and have an amazing and unforgettable time volunteering with lemurs near Fort Dauphin.
Located on a Big 5 Nature Reserve, this offers a fantastic opportunity to assist with the long term studies of lion behaviour and monitoring black rhino, leopard, cheetah, and elephants.
Explore the stunning African landscape whilst simultaneously creating a long-lasting impact on the wildlife that lives there with this conservation project.
Discover wild South Africa when you join an international team of volunteers assisting in the research of Africa’s most charismatic big cat, the lion.
Work alongside our marine biologists and the local community, helping with conservation through research, education and diving, collecting data on mantas, whales, coral reefs and fisheries!.
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.
Experience hands-on volunteering with cheetahs, baboons and much more
Contribute to the small fishing villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi’s sustainable use of marine resources, while researching dolphin tourism and monitoring human-dolphin interaction.
A unique opportunity to contribute to the protection and conservation of the African elephant and endangered Black Rhino. Get hands-on experience with these amazing animals.