Endangered Wildlife Volunteering – save 15%

Book a winter escape to the sun and work alongside researchers in Malawi on our Endangered Wildlife Volunteering programme. Liwonde National Park is home to elephants, lions, cheetah, black rhino, African wild dogs and leopard – and it’s your job to track, observe and monitor them!

We’re offering a special discount of up to 15% on our Endangered Wildlife Research Programme in Liwonde National Park, Malawi. Valid for projects starting between October 2023 and January 2024.

This means that you can soak up some winter sun, while also contributing to the protection of our most endangered wild animals. And there’s no better time to do it than now!

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🇲🇼 Endangered Wildlife Volunteering 🇲🇼

Location: Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Malawi may not be the first place you think of when considering an endangered wildlife volunteer programme. However, thanks to the recent involvement of African Parks, it has become one of Africa’s most important locations for wildlife reintroductions and translocations.  

Since 2015, Liwonde National Park has been the site of some significant wildlife translocations and reintroductions, transforming it into a sanctuary for Malawi’s wildlife.

In 2017, African Parks began re-establishing Liwonde’s predator population by bringing back cheetah, which had been absent from the park for a century. This was followed in 2018 by a founder population of lion, and wild dog in 2021. In 2019, 17 black rhino were relocated from South Africa to Liwonde, in one of the largest international black rhino translocations in history.

Liwonde was at the heart of the largest elephant translocation in history, led by African Parks and known as 500 Elephants.

It is now the top park in Malawi for carnivore sightings, especially cheetahs and lions.

With wildlife populations on the rise, as well as the number of people who visit the park to witness its revival, Liwonde National Park has been restored, transforming it into a safe haven to benefit both the wildlife and the people who live here.

Activities on the Endangered Wildlife programme:

Activities vary based on time of year, project needs and park requirements. For these reasons, placement participants are not guaranteed to take part in all activities.

  • Camera trapping
  • VHF tracking of cheetahs, lions and various other species
  • Behavioural observations of cheetahs and lions
  • Developing identification kits for hyenas, cheetahs and lions
  • Vulture road counts
  • Vegetation surveys
  • Large carnivore diet surveys through scat collection
  • Data entry and GIS mapping

Endangered Wildlife Volunteering – what to expect:

Wildlife monitoring in Liwonde National Park focuses primarily on species of special concern, including lions, cheetahs, hyenas, pangolins and vultures.

Information collected is used to inform the park’s population management strategies – which means that people who sign up for a placement will make a direct difference to the protection and conservation of Malawi’s wildlife.

Activities include radio tracking of targeted animals, checking camera traps and recording opportunistic sightings. You’ll learn how to conduct VHF radio tracking, animal identification, camera trapping and data entry.

You’ll also experience some truly unique moments as you learn more about the dynamics of groups and individual wild animals during your placement. This may include moments such as witnessing the take-over of a pride by a new male, watching a female cheetah teaching her cubs how to hunt or observing the dynamics between vultures and mammalian predators at a carcass.


Save 10% on 2 and 3-week bookings
Save 15% on 4-week bookings and over.

Special offer terms and conditions:
– Special offer prices cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or discount.
– Special offer applies to bookings made for projects starting up to 30th January 2024.
– A £40 administration fee applies to each booking (not included in the promotional price).

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