On a wildlife conservation project in Africa, volunteers in Botswana spot big cats resting during a monitoring session.

Working in Africa with Animals

Volunteer with endangered wildlife in Africa and protect vital ecosystems

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. 

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: 

  • Take part in elephant surveys in Botswana on one day, and on another day help remove deadly snares planted by poachers
  • Work at a South African sea bird rehabilitation centre, 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

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This picture shows two male cheetahs focused but resting in the shade and was taken on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Botswana.

From £1,795

Africa’s Big 5 and Wilderness Conservation in Botswana
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Live in a remote part of the Southern African bushveld and join our effort to protect elephants and other local wildlife

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week

From £1,645

Giraffe & Lion Conservation in Kenya
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Live in the Kenyan wilderness and join our efforts to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and other African wildlife

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Teenagers conduct a wildlife census as part of their conservation volunteer work in Kenya

From £1,970

Conservation Volunteer Work in Kenya for Teenagers
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Join people your age and work together to protect endangered wildlife in East Africa, like the Rothschild’s Giraffe

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A group of volunteers helps with conservation work in Botswana for teenagers

From £2,145

Volunteering with Wildlife in Botswana for Teenagers
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Work on a reserve in the heart of Africa and help conserve wildlife and bush ecosystems

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A large lemur balancing on a pole in the rainforest spotted by volunteers during their rainforest conservation volunteering in Madagascar with Projects Abroad.

From £1,795

Lemur Research and Protection in Madagascar
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Help protect the diverse, endemic species of lush Madagascan rainforests

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer helps care for the penguins while working with animals in South Africa

From £1,765

Volunteer with Animals in South Africa
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Gain practical experience with animals and support staff at a shelter or help rehabilitate seabirds at a rescue centre

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers spot a chameleon during their Conservation Projects in Madagascar for high school students

From £2,145

Rainforest Conservation & Community Work in Madagascar for Teens
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Live in a local village and help protect rainforest species and do community work

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad wildlife conservation volunteering group in Botswana sitting on top of a hill

From £925

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering for Groups in Botswana
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Protect the majestic animals of the Wild at Tuli reserve in the heart of the African bushveld

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week

Can't find what you're looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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What animals can you volunteer with in Africa?

On a Wildlife Conservation Project in Africa, your days will be spent learning more about and helping to protect animals like: 

  • Elephants
  • Leopards
  • African Penguins
  • Rothschild’s Giraffes
  • Lemurs

These animals are just a few of the species you’ll work with as part of your African conservation experience.

"I am extremely proud to have been part of a group that helped to remove a whopping 47 snares in one anti-poaching activity. Knowing it may prevent another animal suffering like this makes me feel like we achieved something." - African Bushveld Conservation in Botswana by Clayre B

A volunteer in Kenya monitors the giraffe population during an African conservation experience abroad

Conservation Volunteering in Africa for all ages

Our goal with African wildlife conservation is to help local people protect as many animals as possible. We need your helping hands to make this goal a reality! 

Our Africa volunteer programmes with animals are for: 

"I decided to volunteer in Kenya as I wished to see how animals live in their own natural habitat, not just how they acted in a zoo, which led me to the Conservation Project. The High School Special suited me as my summer holiday could only be so long and it allowed me to have a glimpse at what Africa could offer." - African Savannah Conservation in Kenya by James W

While working in Africa with animals, volunteers and staff monitor birds during a rainforest walk 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.

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