Background and Overview
Over the past 40 years, the African lion population has decreased by a devastating 80 – 90%, with an estimated number of lions in Africa to be as low as 32,000. African Impact volunteers will join ALERT’s ground-breaking African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program and be involved in on-the-ground operations and work with lions to help conserve and rehabilitate them to the wild.
As a conservation volunteer in Africa, you will be involved in the vital research of lion behavior and enjoy hands-on volunteer work with lions on the world’s only significant program for their release into the wild. Lions play an important role in attracting many foreign tourists to enjoy safari experiences and therefore generate much needed income for many impoverished regions in Africa.
Lions are also vital in the maintenance of biodiversity as they fulfill their role in the food chain by regulating more dominant herbivore species. The aim of the Lion Rehabilitation Program is to release healthy new prides into the wild and therefore restore lion populations within Eastern and Southern Africa through a staged program that will also provide social benefits to surrounding communities.
Through these stages this project’s aim is to preserve the African Lion by producing quality gene pools, increasing the number of lions, and introducing off-spring back into wild environments. With the help of wildlife volunteers in Africa the project has made amazing progress and established programs across 2 more countries in raising captive-bred lions as self-sustaining wild animals.
As you work with lions in Africa you will spend time in the wild with them daily to familiarize them with their natural environment. The lions need to adapt to, learn from, understand, observe, feel and smell the wild. Since the start of this intensive lion walking program there has been a marked increase in the lion’s awareness of its natural surroundings, as well as an improvement in hunting skills.
Antelope Park is also home to our first stage 2 release area called Ngamo. This was the first place captive bred lions have successfully been release as a pride and have given birth to cubs effectively born in the wild. As a volunteer you will spend time helping on the research of these lions.
Antelope Park also gives you the perfect setting to experience and enjoy wild Africa and there are plenty of opportunities for other exciting activities like horse riding, playing polocrosse, canoeing and fishing. Join the team of professional guides to gain a deeper understanding of African lions and assist in gathering vital information that will facilitate their eventual release back into the wild.
- Enjoy hands-on work and extremely close encounters with the young African lions
- Join African Impact on our ground-breaking and globally recognised Lion conservation project
- Walk alongside lions in the African bush and experience being part of a hunt as the young cubs learn to stalk their prey
- Get to know the African bush – explore the savannah grasslands either on horseback or while walking alongside our African Elephants!
- Experience local Zimbabwean culture, and work with various community centers
- Optional trips are available to see more of Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas such as the world famous Victoria Falls