Africa is home to some of the most diverse and thriving ecosystems in the world. Sadly, it’s also home to many species in danger of extinction. As a volunteer working with African animals, you’ll help our local teams protect endangered animals and habitats, and do critical wildlife research.
No prior experience is needed to do volunteer work with African animals. We also welcome students and professionals with experience in environmental work. You can expect to do things like:
- Take part in elephant surveys in Botswana and help remove deadly snares planted by poachers
- Work at a South African sea bird rehabilitation center, helping care for endangered birds like the African Penguin
- Help protect the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. With only a few thousand left in the wild, our Kenyan reserve is home to a large portion of the Rothschild's Giraffe population
- Learn about the nearly 103 species of lemur on the island of Madagascar. You’ll help to protect these animals and conserve their habitat
Looking to fulfil internship requirements for conservation work? We can organize this easily at any of our Conservation Projects. Read our blog to learn more about opportunities for practical fieldwork through our guide to wildlife conservation internships in Africa and beyond.
I absolutely loved my project in the rainforest. We did a bird and lemur census, planted trees, collected seedlings, picked up litter, did path restoration, built bins, and educated local villagers about recycling and waste management. It was such a wonderful experience to work with the locals, learning from them, as well as teaching them. - Katie F, Lemur Research and Protection in Madagascar
Our Ethical Approach to Wildlife Conservation in Africa
We’re immensely proud of the work done by our conservation volunteers in Africa. You can read about their efforts (and the efforts of all our other volunteers around the world) on Our Impact page.
Our work with animals in Africa, and all of the work we do around the world, is guided by our Animal Welfare Policy. We also collate all information collected by volunteers on our Global Impact Database. Through these guidelines, we can do more for animals and environments in need.
Choose a Conservation Project in Africa
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Giraffe & Lion Conservation in KenyaSee this project
- Completely flexible dates
- Anyone aged 16 or over can join
- From 1 week
- From $2,970 USD
Volunteering with Wildlife in Botswana for TeenagersSee this project
- Fixed dates during school break
- This project is only for 15-18 year olds
- From 2 weeks
- From $3,905 USD