Wildlife conservation types

Wildlife conservation types


what creatures can you see?

Elephants


The elephant, undoubtedly one of the world’s most iconic species and the largest land mammal on earth, is distinguished by its enormous body – it can weigh up to eight tonnes! All African elephants, including females, have tusks – sadly, the defining feature for which they are widely poached. Both species of elephant —African and Asian—need extensive land to survive. Roaming in herds and consuming hundreds of pounds of plant matter in a single day, elephants require extensive amounts of food, water and space. As a result, they place great demands on the environment and often come into conflict with people in competition for resources.

Monkeys


Monkeys are mischievous, undeniably cute and very clever too – in fact, in 2014, a grinning female macaque made headlines around the world for taking the first monkey selfie. Jokes aside, they are also one of the world’s most orphaned, abused and neglected animals with destruction of rainforest and threats from hunting among posing their greatest challenges – there are 264 species of monkey in existence on the planet today, of which a whopping 52 are on the endangered list. Not cool.

Lions


The most sociable of all big cats, the magnificent lion is a symbol of Africa. They live in prides, which usually consist of related females, their cubs, and dominant males that have an unmistakable mane of hair - a sign of fitness and virility. Powerful and majestic they may be, but they’re also incredibly vulnerable to loss of habitat and con?ict with people. About 30,000-35,000 African lions remain in the wild today, and numbers have plummeted by about 30 percent in the past 20 years. The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies them as ‘vulnerable’, so they desperately need our help.

What animal life can you see & where


RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL ASKS THE EXPERTS

Johan Maree, from our supplier, Wildlife ACT, shares his opinion on what wildlife you can see where: “Zululand is recognised as one of the most biodiverse wildlands in Africa, with much of it declared a World Heritage Site. Our conservation volunteers work across six unique parks - most of them nationally proclaimed reserves and for every two weeks that you join us as a volunteer, you have the opportunity to live and work on a different park. Our work focuses on endangered and priority species including the African wild dog, cheetah, rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and vulture.”
Erin Sparks, from our supplier, PoD Volunteer, shares her knowledge of the wildlife you can work with in Belize: “Our Caribbean Wildlife Centre houses over 150 animals in their natural habitat, keeping only native animals of Belize which have either been orphaned, born at the centre, rehabilitated, or donated to the centre from other zoological institutions. The centre is set in 29 acres of Belizean tropical savannah and the land has been sensitively fenced and maintained to ensure that the animals live in an environment as close as possible to their natural habitat. You’ll get to work with jaguars, pumas, ocelots, tapirs, harpy eagles, crocodiles, howler monkeys, gibnuts, scarlet macaws, toucans, king vultures, boa constrictors, coral snakes and many more beautiful and incredible animals.”
Photo credits: [Monkeys: J Unrau] [Lions: Darien Graham-Smith]
Belize wildlife conservation holiday

Belize wildlife conservation vacation

Assist caring for over 150 animals native to Belize

From £875 14 Days ex flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania

Volunteering with bears in Romania

Volunteer at an inspiring bear sanctuary in Transylvania

From £895 7 Days ex flights
Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering vacation

Care for rescued animals in Namibia

From £775 14 Days ex flights
Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa

Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa

Some of the most exciting conservation work in Africa!

From US $1330 14 Days ex flights
Thailand wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

Thailand wildlife sanctuary volunteering vacation

Volunteering break at a wildlife sanctuary in Thailand

From £889 14 Days ex flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in Finland

Wildlife conservation vacation in Finland

Encounter the incredible wildlife of Finland's wilderness

From £1395 8 Days ex flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa

Help re-habilitate orphaned monkeys in beautiful rural South Africa

From £847 14 Days ex flights
Borneo Wildlife Volunteer Project

Borneo Wildlife Volunteer Project

Encounter orangutans and elephants in the Bornean jungle

From £1095 12 Days ex flights
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