This information is brought to you by my good friend, Sam Iverson. Sam has volunteered all over Africa and is passionate about wildlife conservation. She’s rated several conservation volunteer groups. Here’s what she has to say:
Parameters for Review
It is not possible for me to do all of these volunteer projects, so for the projects listed here, I’ve done extensive research on them based on the following questions:
- How did they get the animals? Are the animals rescued, rehabilitated, or wild?
- Do they allow human contact with the animals? Do they allow contact with cubs or young animals?
- For rehabilitation organizations and sanctuaries, what kind of living conditions do the animals have? Do the animals receive any enrichment?
- What is the ultimate goal of the organization or project? Is it to further wildlife conservation or to make money for themselves?
Reviewed Conservation Organizations
These reviews are based solely on my experiences and research. I have done significant research of best conservation practices by leading conservation organizations. Click the following links to read the detailed reviews. Let me know if you have first-hand experience of volunteer projects or organizations so I can publish those on this web page.
|Biosphere Expeditions||Global||Highly Recommended|
|Cheetah Conservation Fund||Namibia||Highly Recommended|
|Earthwatch Institute||Global||Highly Recommended|
|African Conservation Foundation||Across Africa||Highly Recommended|
|African Conservation Experience||Across Africa||Highly Recommended|
|Lion Encounter||Zambia & Zimbabwe||NOT Recommended|
|Wildlife ACT||South Africa||Highly Recommended|
These reviews are based solely on my experiences and research. I have done significant research of best conservation practices by leading conservation organizations. Let me know if you have first-hand experience of volunteer projects or organizations so I can publish those on this web page.