Big Cats Research & Conservation
Maasai Mara, Kenya
→ Prices start from US$2,695 for 2 weeks
Wildlife Conservation Volunteering
Welcome to the region, recognised as the ‘true’ home of African wildlife. We are at the forefront of ensuring that Africa’s precious wildlife will always have a place on our planet, conducting vital research & lending an important hand in the important physical conservation work.
To make it even better, you will be based in the world-famous Maasai Mara, home to some of Africa’s most iconic big 5 species.
Your Project, Your Purpose
Get ready for a real insight into conservation and gain valuable knowledge about what it takes to preserve the future of Africa’s most incredible wildlife species.
Due to habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict, the great migration of over 1,4 million wildebeest is under threat. We could lose this in the next 5 years.
The reduced natural habitat for hunting for predators has resulted in an increase of human-wildlife conflict as these predators occasionally turn to livestock for survival; the time is now to make a difference.
We are committed to finding a solution, to ensure these magnificent creatures will always have a place on this planet. Discover the beauty of the untouched, unspoilt bush; with roaming lion, hyena, wildebeest and antelope right on your doorstep, from the safety of our rustic African camp; within the Naboisho Conservancy.
Based just to the north of the world-famous Maasai Mara, contingent with the Serengeti National Park; where else do you have the opportunity to witness the “Greatest Wildlife show on the planet,” with the annual great migration of wildebeest; one of Africa’s most extraordinary cycles of life.
Naboisho boasts one of the highest density of lions in Kenya and worldwide; so you are in the perfect place to carry out big cat-monitoring! You will be right at the heart of a diverse array of wildlife, experiencing sights that no words will quite do justice.
You will explore the lively natural African bush at night, on monitoring drives, while conducting research with our Naboisho Research team, as you work in the private conservancy.
An experience to immerse yourself in the bush, available to no other, all while making your footprint on conservation.
But you have been warned, try not to fall in love with the bush, we dare you not to!
Not only will you gain a greater understanding of the vast savannah and see how incredible nature really is; but also the opportunity to make a difference to conservation here in Kenya and beyond as part of the bigger picture!
A Day In Your Life
Play a vital role in conservation as you monitor big cats, whilst collecting important data on lions, cheetahs and leopards. As you parttake in regular game monitoring drives, you will have the incredible opportunity to see these exquisite animals up-close in their natural habitat.
Record big-cat sightings and be part of building our leopard database. Become fully involved in gathering valuable data on wildlife numbers to feed into a database to show trends and distribution over time.
Prepare to get your hands dirty as you get involved with some physical conservation; with maintenance activities such as clearing out alien plant species and soil erosion control, essential for the upkeep of the conservancy.
Take our work on the ground further, by educating young locals about conservation. Bring the classroom to life with your own ideas and initiatives, engaging local children and encourage them to become passionate for protecting and preserving wildlife. Not only will you be adding valuable knowledge about conservation, but also help in improving their English language skills.
You will engage with experienced Maasai safari guides, who are ready to impart their guiding knowledge, whilst directly contributing towards our conservation efforts!
4 weeks – US$3,595
6 weeks – US$4,465
8 weeks – US$5,335
10 weeks – US$6,205
12 weeks – US$7,075
Our Start Dates for 2022 are:
- 7 & 21 February
- 7 & 21 March
- 4 & 18 April
- 2 , 16 & 30 May
- 13 & 27 June
- 11 & 25 July
- 8 & 22 August
- 5 & 19 September
- 3, 17 & 31 October
- 14 & 28 November
- 5 December
We generally ask for volunteers to arrive at this project every other Sunday or Monday, and you can volunteer from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.