SHORT TERM PROJECTS OVERVIEW
In 1975 it was estimated that 200,000 Lions roamed the African continent. Today, estimates are as low as 20,000… In order to prevent further decline, our program aims to release the wild offspring of captive bred lions into national parks and reserves across Africa, whilst working closely and supporting the surrounding communities. The work that ALERT carry out is ground breaking and has the potential to develop further across the whole of Africa.
Stages of program
With extensive research behind them, ALERT has implemented a innovate program for the world’s first release of wild born cubs to captive bred parents. This is conformed of three critical stages:
Rehabilitation Phase: Cubs born to captive-bred parents are hand raised and taken on human-led walks into their natural environment. These walks enable the cubs to develop their natural instincts.
Release Phase: Lions are released, as prides, into fenced, managed reserves where they have the opportunity to function as a wild pride. Within these release areas the pride gives birth to cubs that are raised naturally, without human interference.
Reintroduction Phase: When old enough, the cubs born in the release phase are translocated for reintroduction into appropriate natural parks and reserves that are seeking to restore lost, or augment declining, lion populations.
Volunteers are helping us to lay the foundations to ensure the success of ALERT’s work, by taking part in key activities. Get involved with behaviour enrichment sessions to stimulate the lions natural behaviours, enclosure cleaning and maintenance work or simply accompany the cubs during the day or night as they develop their natural instincts. Not only do volunteers leave with an enriched understanding for Lion Conservation, but also the knowledge that they are helping to preserve the future of lions in Africa.
Daily: 06h30 to 18h00
Pickups from hotels in Victoria Falls start at 06h15. Please note the pick up place for guests staying in Zambia is at the Zimbabwe border, we do not pick up from hotels in Zambia.
- Introduction to the Release Program and safety briefing
- Meet the cubs for their first walk of the day
- Back to base for breakfast
- Scheduled Activity (for example enclosure cleaning, meat prep, behaviour enrichment)
- Afternoon scheduled activity.
- Transfers to and from your accommodation.
For safety reasons the following requirements need to be met:
Minimum age-15 years
Minimum height- 1.5mtrs(5ft)
Anyone under the age of 18years needs to provide identification. Regretably we can not allow anyone who does not meet these requirements to participate in volunteer projec
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
$185 PER PERSON
PRICE INCLUSIVE OF: TRANSFERS TO AND FROM YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN VICTORIA FALLS, BREAKFAST, SCHEDULED VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES, LION WALK.