Volunteer with big cats

Do you want to help provide a sustainable future for some of the world’s most admired and recognised animals? Working with our carefully selected projects in some of the world’s most spectacular locations, you can do just that.

The tasks associated with big cat volunteering are varied and can range from helping to preserve their natural habitat, to observing their behaviour in order to help the local community live alongside them. You will be helping to ensure a future for these magnificent felines, for many generations.

If you’re looking to make sure the future of big cats is a roaring success, we have six programmes to choose from. Each one offers a unique and exhilarating experience, sure to be popular with everyone!

Our programmes start on selected start dates of every week throughout the year and you can choose to join us from 1-12 weeks.

Our structured and safe big cat projects, make volunteering the ideal way to travel for first time and solo travellers. Our pre-departure buddy lists and dedicated country Facebook groups allow you to talk with everyone going at the same time as well as previous participants. Volunteering is the perfect way to meet like-minded people and allows you to explore a new and exciting destination as a group.

  • 16 big cat species considered endangered

  • Found across Asia, Africa & America

  • Ideal projects for budding conservationists

  • No previous experience / qualifications needed

  • Develop and learn new practical skills

From £370

South Africa Big Cat Sanctuary

This is your chance to work behind the scenes at a true conservation big cat sanctuary that is currently home to many rescued lions, tigers, leopards, jackals and caracals. This unique and exhilarating experience will allow you to be fully involved in all aspects of the sanctuary where you will be able to get up close with some of the worlds most iconic animals.

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From £966

Namibia Carnivore Conservation & Research - Kanaan

Volunteer as a big cat conservationist in the stunning Kanaan Region of Namibia, where your help will ensure the carnivores habitat and all other animals that call it home, are safe for years to come. Your time will be focused on researching the free-roaming populations of carnivores to support the important role in mitigating human-wildlife conflict.

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From £836

South Africa Shamwari Big 5 Conservation

Have a once in a lifetime experience by working behind the scenes in one of Africa’s finest game reserves. Your time on the reserve will be diverse and structured, giving you the opportunity to personally experience life as a budding conservationist. You will get to help out at the Born Free Big Cat Foundation, Shamwari Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Animal Hospital and the Rhino Awareness Centre as well as monitor some of the worlds most iconic wildlife.

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From £320

South Africa Amakhala Big 5 Conservation

Do you want to experience and explore Africa and all of its inhabitants? Well Amakhala will not disappoint! Assist behind the scenes on various on-going conservation and community projects and meet the famous Big Five along with a vast array of other wildlife. Stay in a 4-star luxury lodge, go canoeing, fishing and camp under the stars in the middle of the bush!

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From £750

Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

Get up close and personal to incredible animals, such as cheetahs, leopards, lions, baboons and so much more! The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on a 3,200-hectare reserve near Windhoek and offers a safe refuge for an ever-growing abundance of orphaned, injured and abandoned animals.

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From £360

Thailand Wildlife Rescue Centre

Thailand has a rich biological diversity which has, sadly, decreased in recent years due to human exploitation. That, coupled with habitat loss and habitat degradation, is pushing much of the Thai wildlife to the brink of extinction. The Wildlife Rescue Centre is the perfect place for volunteering to help combat that. If you're enthusiastic and and passionate about wildlife, you're what we need to assist with the general upkeep of the project throughout the year.

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From £870

Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Big Five Conservation

This is your opportunity to take part in meaningful conservation as you follow in the footsteps of explorer David Livingstone. Get up close to some amazing animals, enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, take part in some awesome adrenalin activities and visit the famous Victoria Falls (just 10 minutes away).Home to the famous African Big Five, this 2,500 hectare game reserve boasts many elephants, black rhinos, lions, leopards, buffalo and a wealth of other native wildlife.

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From £966

Namibia Carnivore Conservation & Research - Neuras

Want to be a part of conservation in Namibia? Well we cannot think of a better project to volunteer on! Assisting with data capture of native carnivores, you will help with the research on the conservation of carnivorous species such as cheetahs, leopards and hyenas in the stunning Namibia Desert.

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From £646

South Africa Mapesu Game Reserve Conservation

Volunteer on the frontline of wildlife conservation by helping prevent the extinction of endangered species and their habitat. Volunteering at Mapesu game reserve will give you an enriching and unforgettable time with an up-close and personal experience of the 43 mammal species that call the reserve home. This unique project also offers you the chance to experience the raw, untamed South African bush by taking part in the hands-on survival-training course!

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