HANDS-ON LION CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING - ZAMBIA
Lion conservation: as seen on Lion Country

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The Livingstone Lion Conservation Volunteer Project is part of the ground breaking 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 also be able to assist our conservation efforts within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.

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. 

Research:

As part of the program we conduct a number of research activities to better understand lion behaviour and ecology.  The lion walks offer unique opportunities to observe lions close up in their natural environment with the data collected assisting us to make the best decisions for the animal’s welfare and eventual release.  Volunteers will assist our research technician in gathering and analyzing this vital data. 

The research studies being undertaken whilst on your placement will vary depending on the needs of the project at the time but may include looking at hunting development, character traits, spoor sizes or mane growth.  You will receive all the training you need in order to ensure that you are able to provide valuable input to this program regardless of previous experience.

Conservation Education:

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.  

Community Development:

During your placement you will have the opportunity to be involved in a number of community programs which may include health education, training in the sustainable use of natural resources or reading classes.  The nature of the programs operating at the time of your placement will be given to you on arrival.

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