Volunteer opportunity posted by: GoEco - Volunteer Abroad
Posted on: December 30, 2012
Be involved in the research of lions' behavior and work with the world's only program for their release into the wild. Also, assist with orphaned elephants as well as the wildlife management and boundary patrols of the reserve.
The involvement of volunteers on the project is paramount to achieving our aims on all fronts. Volunteers can expect days to be long, but will also be able to end each day knowing that they have given something back to Africa; having made a difference to the animals and people with whom they have come into contact. Volunteer's daily tasks may include:
Lion Walks: Spending time with the lions in the wild each day is an essential part of the cubs' upbringing.
Volunteers will be involved in the care of the animals who are housed overnight in enclosures. They need feeding, cleaning, and occasionally 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.
Elephants: Volunteers will also have the opportunity to spend time with our orphaned African Elephants and their trainers. The elephants at Antelope Park were saved from certain death during a severe drought that ravaged Zimbabwe's South Eastern Lowveld in 1991 and 1992. The elephants play an important role in the Antelope Park's activities' schedule.
Free Roaming Wildlife: The few remaining areas of wildlife sanctuary in Zimbabwe are extremely precious and must at all costs be protected. Part of the project will involve assistance with the wildlife management scheme such as finding and removing snares ('snare sweeps') within the game park and checking for holes or fence cuttings on the boundary fence ('Boundary Patrols') and repairing them. These activities are usually conducted on foot, within the Park and accompanied by one of our trained guides.
Volunteers may also be asked to assist in any other duties at the game park such as:
Cleaning the lion enclosures; preparing meat for the lions; building and painting new lion enclosures.