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Lion Rehabilitation Zimbabwe

2, 3 & 4 week summer projects
Key Info


Spend part of your summer break from LJMU volunteering abroad at a private game reserve in Zimbabwe. Imagine teaching lion cubs how to act in the wild, work alongside researchers analysing lions' behaviour and even act as a parent to orphaned elephants. Antelope Park offers one of the world's top wildlife release programmes, providing the perfect opportunity for Zoology, Biology, Animal Behaviour students or anyone with a real interest in animals. Over the past 40 years, the African lion population has rapidly decreased. Back in the 70s, over 200,000 lions roamed the plains but in the last 30 years there has been a population decline of 80-90%. The hands-on Lion Conservation Project forms part of the ground breaking Lion Release Programme; it's currently the only one like it anywhere in the world. You'll play a vital role in contributing to the future of the African Lion by walking lion cubs through the bush to hone their hunting skills and get them ready for the pre-release stage. Stop 'Lion' around and start your application today. 

Who is it for

Key Info

Airport transfers

Additional information

The Project

Your time will be split between, Lion conservation, research, Elephant Duties and conservation education. For more information on each aspect check out the FAQ section below. 

Location & Accommodation

Antelope Park is 10km from Gweru town centre so you will be living right in the heart of the Zimbabwe Midlands. Not quite the same as the Midlands you may be used to, but far more exciting in our books. You'll be living the high life in a super comfortable twin or quad room with your new volunteer friends at the main reserve camp. For the particularly hot days there is a swimming pool and there is some access to internet to keep everyone at home up to date on your gap year travels. 

You'll be spoilt rotten during your time there, as your room will be cleaned daily and three meals a day will be cooked up for you. 

Project Support & Orientation

Throughout the duration of your project, you'll have the support and guidance of our experienced project managers and coordinators. They are all part of our support team who will provide 24/7 field support and assistance.


What's included?

What's Included?

  • Project fee (this fee goes straight into the project itself to cover things like food for the animals, maintenance, and development of the breeding and rehabilitation program).
  • All transfers to and from Bulawayo or Harare Internation airports for arrival and departure, plus overnights if required (flying to Bulawayo via Johannesburg is highly recommended).
  • Orientation led by various guides as well as ongoing training throughout your stay
  • Any wildlife education talks that take place that you wish to attend
  • Full board and lodging
  • Weekly laundry service during your stay
  • Daily cleaner attending to your room each day

What's Not Included?

  • Flights
  • Email & Telephone use
  • Insurance
  • Police Check (£16)
  • Additional excursions 
  • Additional drinks or snacks
What are the dates and project cost?


2 weeks - £1427

3 weeks - £1811

4 weeks - £2195

2017 dates:

2nd of January

16th of January


30th of January


13th of February


27th of February


13th of March


27th of March


10th of April


24th of April


8th of May


22nd of May


5th of June


19th of June


3rd of July


17th of July


31st of July


14th of August


28th of August


11th of September

25th of September


What's involved in the project?

Lion Conservation

Walk alongside lions to familiarise them with their natural environment, you'll be involved in daily lion care activities which could include feeding, enclosure cleaning and occasionally helping wildlife veterinarians in their provision of healthcare.


This project works in partnership with the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Authority and a number of research activities are conducted to better understand lion behaviour and ecology. You'll assist research technicians in gathering and analysing wildlife data which is vital in making decisions for the animal's welfare and eventual release. 

Elephant Duties

You'll have an awesome opportunity here at the park to spend time with the rescued orphaned African Elephants and their handlers. You may be asked to assist in the daily duties for these gentle giants. 

Free Roaming Wildlife

Part of your duties will also include assisting the wildlife management scheme to find and remove snare sweeps as well as checking and repairing the boundary fences lines of the park.

Conservation Education

Volunteers on the project are often involved in elements of community development where you'll help youth in the local towns learn about wildlife, animal habitats and why it's important to preserve the environment. 

What can is there to do in my spare time?


Chundu Island is a very popular spot: it’s in the middle of the Zambezi National Park and is only accessible by boat. If you choose this excursion, you’ll go on a boat cruise and a game drive, then spend a night on the island. Seeing the sun set over the Zambezi River should be on everybody’s “bucket list” – it’s indescribable.


The great Victoria Falls will leave you in awe, and its waters flowing down the Zambezi were made for adventure. From white-water rafting to sunset cruises, bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge to abseiling – the options are endless!


A few times a week, volunteers are able to take part in extra curricular activities such as night game drives, barbecues, and sunset drinks overlooking Zambezi National Park. Volunteers also have free time to go into Victoria Falls Town and enjoy the local cuisine in delightful restaurants that often include entertainment such as dancing and singing.


Add to the collection of stamps in your passport by visiting neighbouring Botswana for the day on a game drive and cruise on the Chobe River. Or, hop over to our sister project in Zambia to catch a glimpse of the Stage 2 Dambwa Release Pride and get a rare white rhino sighting in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.