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Kenya Wildlife Study Projects
The International Volunteer Travel offers you the opportunity to volunteer, study, or intern with wildlife research in the buffer zones of Kenya’s Wildlife National parks. International volunteers, interns and independent study abroad students attached to this program can choose to work mainly with elephants or lions, or both animal species. This program is open to people aged 18-55 who would love to work with wild animals and long for a real jungle experience in Africa.
Research results of these projects will identify causes and trends of human/animal conflict in the area, document animal status and behavior and come up with suggestions on how better management and protection approaches.
Elephant Conservation Project
Located in the buffer zone of Amboseli near Mount Kilimanjaro and Tsavo West national parks, the elephant project focuses on collecting field data on animal feeding, distribution, migration patterns and competition with other herbivores as well as elephant-human conflict. Study data and results will contribute to protecting the wild animal as well as providing solutions for the human-wildlife conflict in these areas of rural Kenya. For more information on the elephant project in Kenya, click here.
Lion Conservation Project
This project is located at Olowaru village in the buffer region of Tsavo West national park. International volunteers, interns and wildlife study abroad students under this project will work hand-in-hand with zoologists, wildlife researchers and camp to support conservation of lion in Kenya. Participants will carry out on-truck surveys five days a week to document the status of the lion including numbers, dietary habits, competition and human-animal conflict. For more information on the lion project in Kenya, click here.
For logistical information about the Kenya Wildlife Project including the highlights, accommodation, meals, what you need to carry, what is provided, etc, please click here.
Combination of Programs
Our wildlife project opportunities are offered independently and in combination. You can choose to do the lion or elephant project; participate in both animal projects or even combine the Kenya wildlife projects with other programs including other volunteer projects, other internships, the language and cultural experience, or the Kenya adventure programs. When taken in combination with non-wildlife programs, placement begins with the non-wildlife programs and scheduled arrival is on the 1st or 3rd Wednesday of the month.
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Questions and Other InformationFor logistical information about the Kenya Wildlife Study Program including the highlights, and questions, etc please click here. For answers to general questions on the Kenya volunteer abroad projects, please go to the page on Frequently Asked Questions.
Kenya Program Highlights
Length of Program:
1 to 24 weeks.
1st and 3rd Thursday of every Month; Plan to arrive the day before.
Airport Arrival Time:
Day prior to starting preferably by 3:00 PM
Accommodation & Meals:
Carefully selected Kenyan households provide accommodation and 3 Kenyan meals per day.
Transport to Project:
projects within walking distance, else bus fare will not exceed USD 1.30 per day.
Mondays to Fridays. 3 to 6 hours daily.
Kenya program fees available here.
Basic Swahili encouraged but not required; working knowledge of English required.