Lion Rehabilitation and Conservation in Zimbabwe

Location: Zimbabwe: Rural Areas

Program Duration: 9-12 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 1-2 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

The Arches N Campus Incubator Sackville St Manchester, M60 1QD England

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Phone: 0161 870 6212


Join leading ecologists on this conservation project based in a game reserve just a few kilometers outside Gweru, a city in the geographical center of Zimbabwe. Support efforts in lion breeding and rehabilitation geared toward producing disease-free cubs.

The program has three stages - pre-release, initial release, and final release - and the cubs’ upbringing in the wild is a vital element to continue the future of this majestic species. As a volunteer, your duties range from assisting in data collection to watching young cubs learn to stalk their prey.

No specific skills are required to join this volunteer program. However, you must be of good health with a decent level of fitness. Any previous experience in riding horses would be an advantage.


As you are based within Antelope Park, you will be able to enjoy the adventure of the bush at night, listening to the sounds of the animals whilst enjoying the best local cuisine around the area. Cool down during the days in the on-site pools and venture out on some spectacular trips at the weekends - making sure you dont miss the awesome views of the amazing Victoria Falls.

Every fourth day volunteers get a morning or afternoon off to enjoy the park and relax or check out the wildlife on the reserve. Staff can also help you plan excursions outside the park and other areas of Zimbabwe.

You will need to ensure you bring enough cash to pay for these activities. Remember that Gweru is far from other locations and usually erquires trips of a few days, so to give you an idea of what you might get involved with, here are a few activities with approximate prices;
"5 day trip to Victoria Falls, via Hwange National Park and Miombo Lodge: USD 475.00 (departs on 19th of each month)

Other activities that you can get involved with while in Victoria Falls are:
* Boma restaurant (almost all volunteers choose to
do this and love it!) USD 45.00-
* Sunset cruise (another popular trip) USD 45.00
* Half day White water rafting - USD 105
* Gorge swing USD 70
* Helicopter Ride for 15 minutes - USD 115
* Entry to Victoria Falls National Park - USD 20
* Elephant ride - USD 30
* Elephant swim - USD 25
* Horse Ride - USD 25
* Lunar horse game viewing available 6 days over full moon period - USD 30
* Boat cruise - USD 20
* Night encounter - USD 100


There are no specific skills required for this program. You will need to be of good health and have a decent level of fitness. Any previous experience of riding horses will also be an advantage. Aside from that enthusiasm and willingness to do what is required during daily tasks is the attitude required for the project.

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Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

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Cost Include Description:

Accommodation: shared room in a volunteer house with swimming pool
Food: 3 meals a day
Weekly laundry service
Airport pick up and drop off
Training: pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction
Support: on-site coordinator providing 24-hour support
Activities: staff help organise weekend activities (prices may be extra)

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Veterinary Science
  • Animal Welfare
  • Wildlife
  • Environment
  • Conservation
Typical Volunteer
A Kaya volunteer shows enthusiasm, spirit and life to stimulate and bring something new to the residents; love, patience and a listening ear for the people; and a good motivator with a positive and optimistic attitude.
Age Range
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living
  • Guest House

Participants Travel to Zimbabwe

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Resume
Year Founded