Volunteering in Israel

South Africa: Big Cats Research and Conservation

Come take part in exciting research taking place at this game reserve in South Africa, aimed at understanding the reproductive, territorial, hunting, and social behaviors of the lions and leopard populations.

This game reserve aims to provide a safe and natural environment for lions and leopards, among other numerous endangered species. Due to hunting and poaching, many of Africa's wild creatures have seen dramatic drops in their population recently. Lions and leopards have both been victim to these decreases in population and are a major focal point of the research being done at the reserve. The conservation efforts here take place to protect these beautiful animals from the detrimental consequences of this human behavior, and to study animal behavior in a natural environment to better understand how we can help them thrive in the future.

You will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with researchers to assist them in data collection and observations of the animals.

Your daily duties will include:

  • Field work in the bush collating and collecting data on lions and leopards
  • Night drives to monitor the movements of the predators
  • Finding and removing snares
  • Physical work to regenerate the natural African bush from recovered farm land
  • Removal of alien plants and structures from the bush

Project Highlights

  • Wake up to stunning wildlife outside your window in comfortable cabin accommodations within the game reserve.
  • Enjoy three meals a day provided by the project
  • Airport pick up and drop off are provided to make travel easier
  • Comprehensive travel and health insurance plan is included in project cost
  • Work beside lead researchers in the field of wildlife conservation
  • Meet locals and like-minded volunteers from around the world in this trip of a lifetime!

Participant Requirements

  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Passion for animals and the environment
  • Good physical fitness
  • Willingness to work hard
  • Ability to work well in a team

For more information and to apply visit our South Africa: Big Cats Research and Conservation page.

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