HANDS-ON LION CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING - VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
Lion conservation: as seen on Lion Country

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Our Victoria Falls Lion Conservation Volunteer Project is part of the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Programme. As a volunteer on this project you will get involved in the vital research of the lions’ behavior, and enjoy hands on volunteer work with captive bred lions on the world’s only significant programme for their release into the wild.  You will have the opportunity to assist conservation efforts within both the Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Parks.

Lion Rehabilitation:

Spend time working hands on with the lions in the wild each day, to familiarise them with their natural environment. They need to adapt to it, learn from it, understand, observe, feel and smell the wild.  Since the start of this intensive lion walking programme, we have noted a marked increase in the lions’ awareness of their natural surroundings, as well as an improvement in their hunting skills. The larger cubs are now able to take down a wide range of prey species whilst out on walks. These abilities are being improved each day under the supervision of trained guides and handlers, as well as volunteers.

Alongside the walks you will be involved in the care of the animals which overnight in enclosures.  They need feeding, cleaning, and occasionally will need veterinary care to ensure that they are kept in the best of health. 

Work in the National Park:

As a volunteer you will work with the research team and National Park rangers on any number of conservation activities that may include some or all of the following, based on National Parks needs at the time of your placement:

Assisting in the monthly game counts
At Masuwe concession: Carry out snare sweeps to remove the wires set by poachers to illegally catch the animals that inhabit the Reserve;
Work with local communities to mitigate lion/human conflict.
Victoria Falls Rain Forest: removal of invasive alien plant species
Large predator assessments

*Please note: Research activities will be conducted on a case by case basis in collaboration with the National Parks team and their needs at the time as well as seasonality and accessibility to the bush based on the time of year. Please understand that whilst we have made every effort to be as accurate as possible in our explanation of what conservation and research activities you will be involved in during your placement, it is essential that you are flexible and accommodating during your project visit, and that you understand that our team on the ground will make every effort possible to maximise your involvement in these areas.

Teach a Conservation class:

Volunteers will join the conservation education program visiting local schools to garner support for conservation through education.  Volunteers will be given full support and guidance in lesson planning, and topics may include focus on a specific species, or introduce conservation methods.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit the local Orphanage weekly, to spend time with the children and give them some much deserved love and attention.

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