Known for its amazing safari experiences, Africa has some of the most spectacular wildlife in the world. It’s an incredibly biodiverse continent, however, its wildlife is under threat due to habitat loss and human wildlife conflict.

In Africa, the population is increasing meaning people are forced to migrate to rural areas. This means humans and wildlife are competing for limited resources such as space, food and water causing wildlife to be killed in retaliation for livestock being lost or to prevent future conflict.

Our projects aim to tackle these issues and make sure that these animals are around for hundreds of years to come. Working with volunteer teams and local people together, we improve wildlife waterholes, de-worm livestock and carry out regular wildlife censuses to monitor animal populations. All of this adds to your time on safari where you may get the privilege to see some of the following incredible animals: 

 

Elephant

African Elephant

The African Elephant is the largest land mammal on earth and is truly a spectacular sight to see. They are largely recognised by their huge trunks and impressive tusks and can be found in both the grasslands and forest terrain. They are considered to be vulnerable in the wild due to ivory poaching but by carrying out conservation projects such as regular patrols around the elephant’s habitat, their numbers are slowly increasing. However, there is still a way to go to ensure the safety of these amazing animals which is why many of our African wildlife projects focus specifically on elephant protection.

 

Lion

Lion

One of the most majestic animals on the planet, the lion is one that is a privilege to see in the wild. They have no natural predators and are the most social of all the ‘big-cats’, mostly being found in large prides. Lion numbers are slowly dwindling due to conflict with livestock farmers, but by educating the local farmers on ways to deter the lions from hunting their livestock, we can stop the poaching of these majestic animals.

 

Zebra

Zebra

Mostly known as the ‘common zebra’ they are widely found in Eastern and Southern Africa where our African camps are located. They are known to migrate long distances with their young and tend to move in their family groups called a ‘harem’. They can live up to 20 years in the wild but are under threat due to hunting and habitat loss. Our conservation projects help to combat this by protecting Africa’s natural environment so that there is enough food and water for them to survive.

 

Giraffe

Giraffe

These magnificent animals are the tallest mammals on earth. They can be found all over Africa and tend to stay in herds. They spend the majority of their days eating and they don’t have to sleep for a large amount of time. Over the last decade, their numbers have dropped by 52% meaning that they are now considered a ‘vulnerable’ species. It’s truly magnificent to see them in the wild and, unsurprisingly, they are one of the easiest animals to spot.

 

Hippo

Hippopotamus

They can most likely be found in mud or water as this is their main way of cooling down in the African climate. The common hippo can be found in groups of up to 100. Due to the loss of habitat, the number of hippos that are found in the wild is slowly declining. By undertaking projects such as building perimeter fences for the community, we are able to stop hippos grazing on farmland which minimizes human wildlife conflict.

Africa is a spectacular continent and we believe that any opportunity should be taken to protect the amazing wildlife that live there. On a Camps expedition, you not only have the privilege of the opportunity to see these animals in the wild, as well as playing a key role in the conservation efforts in the region.

Take a look at our independent volunteering trips and school expeditions to find out how you can get involved.