Make A Difference This World Wildlife Day: Join A Wildlife Conservation Project

Riyanka | Wed, 02/28/2018 - 14:05 | 351 | , Gap Year Abroad, Volunteer Abroad, Wildlife and Conservation,

As responsible human beings, it is our duty to protect the natural environment and take up the cause of wildlife conservation seriously, so that the ecological balance is maintained. When we protect and conserve the natural habitat of the wildlife species, we enrich our planet.

In the last century, there have been a lot of reasons resulting in the extinction of certain animals while many others are endangered. And to be honest, we humans are largely responsible for the adversities that Mother Nature has been facing. In a noble attempt to raise more awareness, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed March 3 of every year, to be celebrated as World Wildlife Day.

Each year, the UNGA and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) sets different themes, and for World Wildlife Day 2018, it's all about protecting the 'Big Cats'. Using the expanded definition of 'Big Cats', this day will be solely dedicated to raising awareness on the conservation of the lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars, as well as the cheetahs, snow leopards, pumas, clouded leopards, panthers and other related species.

For all those animal lovers who are keen on spending their Gap Year doing something worthy for the wildlife and their natural habitat, Go Discover Abroad has a range of amazing conservation programs to choose from. Not only will these programs give you a chance to live amidst nature and get closer to the animals, but you'll also get the opportunity to do meaningful work and contribute towards maintaining a sustainable environment for their living.

Big Cat Wildlife Research Project, Kenya

Big cat wildlife kenya

When we think of wildlife, probably the first thing that comes to mind is 'Africa'! If you have the zeal to work with the Big Cats and feel the thrill of living at Maasai Mara, then join this program in Kenya for 2 weeks or more. Based in the Naboisho Conservancy at the heart of the Maasai Mara Reserve, you'll be engaged in teaching the young Maasai folks to become eligible safari guides, and also play an active role in wildlife research activities.

Highlights of the Program:

  • Experience living in the wilderness of Maasai Mara and spend time at a remote and authentic safari camp while volunteering
  • Get engaged in research work on predators like Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs and monitor their behavior in their natural habitat
  • Work alongside the legendary Maasai tribal folks and learn more about their culture
  • Teach young Maasai guides at the Koiyaki Guiding School and know more about their wildlife encounters


Lion Conservation and Community Project, Zambia

lion conservation zambia

As the name suggests, being a volunteer for this project will let you spend adequate time with the lions at the Dambwa Forest, Zambia, which is right adjacent to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. You'll have the basic duty of treating the animals and preparing them before they are released into their natural environment. You’ll also be taking part in other conservation, including the anti-poaching patrols etc.

Highlights of the Program:

  • Prepare the lions before they are released into the wild, and keep a tab on their social, territorial and hunting behaviors
  • Explore the fantastic Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and get closer to spotting the elephants, rhinos, baboons, vervet monkeys etc
  • Educate the kids at local rural school about the importance of wildlife conservation
  • Visit the iconic Victoria Falls


Wildlife Photography & Conservation, South Africa

wildlife photography in South Africa

If you are passionate about wildlife photography and keen on trying out your hands at conservation, then this would be the best choice for you. There's no wonder why so many millennials prefer to spend their gap year in South Africa, but you can choose to have a completely different experience while living at the Greater Kruger Area, as a part of this project. You'll be receiving expert guidance to hone your photography skills, and also get to be more aware of the wildlife scenario.

Highlights of the Program:

  • Live in a lodge in the heart of South Africa’s famous Big 5 Greater Kruger Area with other aspiring wildlife photographers
  • Incredible opportunity to share your ideas and learn more about the art
  • Interact with the local communities regarding wildlife conservation and assist in the ongoing conservation projects
  • Play a pivotal part in maintaining conservation database with your photographs


Chiang Mai Tour and Volunteering With Elephants, Thailand

Elephant camp thailand

If Thailand is there on your bucket list, and you are willing to volunteer with the elephants, then now is your chance. Travel to the beautiful town of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, away from the chaos and cacophony of the south. Spend your days living in a quaint village with the mahouts (caretakers of the elephants). Live amidst nature, binge on local Thai delicacies, and you can also learn how to cook while living with locals.

Highlights of the Program:

  • Experience the goodness of living amidst nature in Chiang Mai, and spend adequate time with the gentle giants, especially the baby elephants
  • Take the animals out for daily walks, clean their shelters, prepare food for them and feed them
  • Learn how the mahouts spend their entire life looking after the elephants
  • Explore Chiang Mai, visit the gorgeous Wats and visit the night market


Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Sri Lanka

turtle conservation in Sri lanka

If you don't have the adventurous and brave heart to serve the big ones, how about doing something for the adorable turtles? In the past few years, the number of tourists visiting the Sri Lankan coasts has increased manifold, and that has an adverse effect on the marine life as well as those dwelling on the beaches. Set in the gorgeous coastal town of Kosgoda, this project aims to protect the turtles from the poachers, help the baby turtles grow safely and keep the beach environment clean.

Highlights of the Program:

  • Spend most of your time on the beaches of Kosgoda, monitoring the turtles and their activities
  • Feed the turtles and nurse them, as many of them are injured when they reach the hatcheries
  • Bury the sea turtle eggs in the sand, in order to save them from the poachers
  • Experience the thrill of wildlife adventures while exploring various national parks in Sri Lanka, including Sinharaja forest reserve, Bundala National park, Minneriya National park, and more

On this World Wildlife Day, take the pledge to get associated with a meaningful conservation program, and experience the goodness of serving Mother Nature.

If you have any queries, or wish to know more about our Wildlife Conservation and Volunteering Programs, you can drop us a mail at [email protected]

We’ll love to hear back from you!

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