Big cats are majestic and intelligent animals. Some live in groups, like the mighty lion, whereas others are solitary species, such as the regal tiger. One thing they all have in common though is that they need our help.
Over the years, big cat populations have continuously declined for a number of reasons ranging from habitat loss to poaching. As apex predators, they play a vital role in helping to keep the ecosystem in balance. The Great Projects offer you the chance to witness these fascinating and furious felines on our various big cat conservation programs in a range of stunning locations, from Namibia to South Africa - all you have to do is take your pick!
Big cats have become recognised and adored through childhood stories such as The Lion King, The Jungle Book, and various nature documentaries from the likes of David Attenborough and the BBC. Becoming a big cat volunteer will help to provide these animals with a sustainable future for generations to come.
Volunteering with big cats involves a range of activities, from safari drives to help with game counts or behaviour monitoring, right through to caring for them right out on the reserves and protected areas they live in. Depending on where you go, you may even help to feed them!
Our big cat volunteer programs are truly rewarding, and you will walk away knowing you have actively contributed to big cat conservation.
There are many species of big cat that live across the planet’s 7 continents, but the most endangered of them all is the Amur leopard, with just roughly 60 of these majestic big cats remaining in the wild. Other big cats whose numbers are worryingly low are: the South China tiger, Asiatic cheetah, and the Scottish Wildcat.
Despite varying population numbers, all big cats are facing many threats each day, and this is why big cat volunteers are so desperately needed. Numbers are only going to continue to fall unless change happens. One of the ways you can help is by volunteering with big cats, and The Great Projects offer such opportunities in both Africa and Asia!
Threats that big cats face every day vary from habitat to habitat. However, the following are some threats that all big cats are subject to:
Florian volunteered at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary in August 2021 and took the time to share with us some of his favourite highlights, alongside some wonderful photos! Have a read of today's blog to see what you could experience when volunteering in Namibia.
The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary celebrates a roaring success at the TimBila Nature Reserve. After saving two lion cubs on the brink of starvation, the team have released the cats from their rehabilitative bomas into their freedom on the reserve, safe from the clutches of human-carnivore conflict that tragically took their mother and sibling from them.
Volunteer Eszter joined the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary team back in May this year and decided to share with us some of her favourite moments, as well as a few helpful tips for future volunteers, read all in today's blog!
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