Wildlife Research & Conservation
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Wildlife Volunteering Project
There are no wildlife conservation efforts without proper, scientific and ethical research. It is essential for preservation and management of wildlife in their natural habitat and for the coexistence with local communities as well.
With this project not only will you be immersed in one of the world’s largest conservation areas but you will also work alongside a team of professional researchers dedicated to tracking, monitoring and collecting data on large predators and other types of wildlife.
This is a very unique opportunity not just for university students but also for all animal lovers and explorers of all types. A whole world is out there for you to discover. What are you waiting for?
This volunteering program has been one of the best things that I have ever done before and I look forward to doing more programs in the future. I got to do many different activities some of which that I had never done before on previous holidays in Africa, such as visiting homestead. I would highly recommend doing this program and just wish I had stayed out there longer. An unbelievable once in a lifetime experience. You get to do lots of different things, some of which you may not get to do on a normal holiday plus you get to meet some great people along the way.
Your Project, Your Purpose
As a volunteer on this project, you will be in the Zambezi National Park ensuring and protecting the area’s biodiversity by monitoring predator and prey numbers.
You will be front and centre in checking on wildlife species like hyena, giraffe and elephants among so many others. This constant data collection will help the team get an idea of the Park’s health. Isn’t it exciting?
You will be working with The African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) and with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) in assisting in the preservation of the ecosystem to ensure the survival of the wildlife that inhabits it.
Exploration. Discovery. Data entry. Analysis. Starting it all over. These are key ingredients in the process of important research and the great news is, this program suits anyone with a passion for wildlife and does not require any previous experience. Training and support will be provided on-site.
But that’s not all!
You will also work with local communities to educate them on meeting the challenges of living alongside dangerous animals like lions and elephants. Conducting this type of research helps minimize human-wildlife conflict within the surrounding communities for the benefit of both.
Nature is unpredictable and this type of work requires someone who is flexible, understanding and adventurous. So if you are looking to acquire or expand your research techniques or if you just have a passion for exploration and discovery, then the stars have aligned for you. Join the frontline of African conservation efforts in the Zambezi National Park, make your contribution and help to change the world.
It is possible, with you on the team!
A Day In Your Life
- Work alongside a team of researchers monitoring large predators such as hyena, lion and leopard in the Zambezi National Park and document all sightings as part of your tasks. For this project’s success, their populations and distribution must be constantly monitored.
- Contribute to science by assisting field researchers actively working in the Zambezi National Park. Accompany and assist our team during their surveys on bush walks and even during unforgettable night drives using camera traps, physical sightings and predator call up surveys at certain times of the year.
- Collect data aimed at assessing elephant population size, herd type, structure, movement corridors and behaviour in relation to human settlements as well as the impact of elephants on vegetation.
- Help to assess the size, structure and health of the giraffe population as part of a continent-wide initiative to help these creatures, recently listed from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
- Take part in other key wildlife research work such as weekly game counts and bird surveys.
- Get your hands dirty (Yeah!) by helping to remove alien plant species, by going through waterhole and fire management tasks and by joining snare sweeps and litter picks. It’s as important as it sounds.
- Assist with outreach initiatives in the local communities by delivering conservation education lessons in local schools and get a handle on issues to develop methods to try and reduce the level of conflicts.
- At an additional cost, fill your weekends with adrenaline activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting. Take advantage of optional trips to Botswana’s Chobe National Park or visit our wild-born cubs in release sites located at our bases in Livingstone, Zambia or Antelope Park, Zimbabwe.
- Make friends for life with other international volunteers while you play a vital role in the conservation of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and World Heritage Site, the magnificent Victoria Falls and also, the Zambezi National Park.
→ Prices start from $2376 or £1391 for 2 weeks
Our start dates for 2019 are:
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.
- 7, 14 & 28 January
- 11 & 25 February
- 11 & 25 March
- 8 & 22 April
- 6 & 20 May
- 3 & 17 June
- 1, 15 & 29 July
- 12 & 26 August
- 9 & 23 September
- 7 & 21 October
- 4 & 18 November
- 2, 16 & 30 December
(This project remains open over the Christmas period)