Volunteer opportunity posted by: GoEco - Volunteer Abroad
Posted on: January 15, 2013
Be involved in the research of lion behavior and participate in the world's only program for their release ino the wild. Volunteers will also assist the National Park's rangers and teach about conservation in local schools.
Volunteers' primary tasks while on placement will be to assist management and their team of guides, handlers, and scouts in all aspects of care for the animals in their charge; volunteers will give the animals the opportunities to develop their natural instincts in preparation for their release into the next stage of the program.
Research is a significant part of the volunteer's role; they will be collecting data not only on the development of the lions, but also joining our research team in the Zambezi & Victoria Falls National Parks.
Volunteers will also help with our various community programs that may include conservation or health education as well as a number of other projects that will be discussed on arrival.
To give volunteers an idea of how their time will be split between the different aspects of the program, the following should be taken as an approximation:
Check Alida's blog post on the GoEco Volunteer Blog about working at this project in Zimbabwe. Here's an excerpt from her story:
"Starting every morning with the beautiful sunrise, a quick cup of tea, followed by a bushwalk with the cubs is something I will always cherish. Watching the first sun of the day, light up the golden grasses of the bush, and seeing the lions basking on rocks and enjoying the warmth is truly an indescribable feeling."