Big Cat Conservation
Big cats are often at the forefront of people’s minds whenever animal conservation is mentioned. These powerful felines have grabbed imaginations across the world thanks to their prominence on various nature documentaries, and here at The Great Projects we are delighted to be able to offer you the chance to volunteer with big cats in a selection of stunning locations.
Big cat numbers are unfortunately on the decline, and unless action is taken soon some of the world’s most iconic animals such as lions, cheetahs and leopards could disappear. Conservation efforts need to be increased to help protect the worlds big cat population and as a big cat volunteer you will have the chance to be part of the solution.
big cats at a glance
16 species considered vulnerable/endangered/critically endangered.
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
Variable dependent on species
Asia, Africa, the Americas
How endangered are big cats
Due to there being many different species of big cat, their numbers in the wild vary. The most endangered of all of the big cat species is the Amur Leopard, and there are only 48-50 of these majestic big cats remaining in the wild. Other big cats whose numbers are particularly low include: the South China tiger, Asiatic cheetah, and the Scottish Wildcat. All of the big cats are suffering however, and this is why they need your help. Numbers are only going to continue to fall unless change is made.One of the ways you can help is by working with big cats in Africa. This continent is home to a big percentage of the worlds big cats, and you can help to make a big difference if you choose to volunteer with them in Africa!
Threats big cats are facing
The threats to big cats vary from region to region, but there are two overwhelming threats they all share. They are:
- Habitat Destruction – Whether it be from farmers taking land away from the lions and cheetahs in Africa for their livestock, or the forests of the tiger being chopped down in Asia, the natural ranges and habitats of many big cats are being taken away from them at a frightening rate.
- Hunting and Poaching – These animals are prized for their body parts which many believe have medicinal values. This is simply not true, and as a result of this many animals are needlessly killed to supply this demand.
- Greek and Roman word for giraffe was ‘camelopardalis’, because they believed it was an unnatural hybrid of a camel and a leopard.
- A “Panther” isn’t a real animal. It is actually a term used to describe black cougars, jaguars and leopards.
- Cheetahs can only run for 30 seconds before they overheat
6 - 83 Nights from £725.00
Help make a difference and follow in the footsteps of explorer David Livingstone in the beautiful Victoria Falls area of Zimbabwe.
14 - 84 Nights from £775.00
Experience hands-on volunteering in Africa with cheetahs, baboons and much more
16 Nights from £845.00
Assist the in country team by collecting data on the areas
big cat populations and putting this research to good use aiding leopard and
cheetah conservation efforts in the stunning Namibian Desert.
14 - 84 Nights from £823.00
Volunteer with the 'Big Five' and the Born Free Foundation in one of South Africa's finest game reserves.
7 - 84 Nights from £460.00
Play a vital role in the education of underprivileged children in South Africa
16 Nights from £845.00
Assist the team with data collection to help with research on carnivore species in the stunning Kanaan Region of Namibia.
14 Nights from £822.00
Join this incredible experience and work towards the conservation of white and
tawny lions in the South African bush.
14 - 56 Nights from £744.00
Join this 'Big 5' conservation project and help make a difference to the lives of the amazing animals that live here!
7 - 84 Nights from £433.00
Volunteer with the 'Big 5' on this amazing conservation project!
3 Nights from £469.00
Take a 4 Day Adventure of Spectacular Wildlife, Walvis Bay and the incredible Sossusvlei Sand Dunes!
3 Nights from £469.00
This all-encompassing tour takes in some of Namibia's most treasured wildlife including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and more!
5 Nights from £819.00
Perfect for the intrepid traveller, this tour takes in some of the country's most iconic and palpable attractions including Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast and the stunning Sossusvlei sand dunes.