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Lion Conservation Experience

Come face to face with Africa’s alpha predator.

Exclusive to African Conservation Experience, this experience places you at the forefront of the fight against canned lion hunting, cub cuddling and the farming of lions for the bone trade.

A collaboration between us and the Global White Lion Protection Trust (GWLPT), this groundbreaking experience was founded by acclaimed conservation author Linda Tucker and is lead by lion ecologist Jason Turner. Together, the GWLPT not only fight to stop inhumane treatment of lions but have also gone a step further, creating viable habitats to release newly formed prides of lion that include white lion members. This is a world first and a major conservation breakthrough.

During your time here, you’ll come face to face with prides of wild lion, often more than once in a day. And you’ll meet local people who are reviving a tribal tradition that views the white lion as sacred.

If you’ve always dreamed of seeing human injustice reversed, of witnessing a lion that was once doomed to a life of captivity walk free, then this is the experience you’ve been waiting for.

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Category

Wildlife Adventure Courses and Experiences

Species

White lions, tawny lions

Impact

Predator conservation
Community outreach
Wildlife rehabilitation

Country

  South Africa

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Highlights

Exclusive to African Conservation Experience

Course leader Jason Turner created the Lion Conservation Experience Experience especially for our travellers. This conservation project isn’t open to the public and doesn’t take tours.

Support groundbreaking conservation

Canned lion hunting, cub cuddling and the farming of lions for the bone trade are major animal rights issues. Especially as lion parts and even whole carcasses are now legally exported from South Africa to Asia. The GWLPT are leading the fight against this cruelty and have taken important steps towards having these practices banned.

See lions in the bush

As a specialist lion conservation project, you’ll join the team as they research the movement and behaviour of these amazing creatures, giving you lots of sighting opportunities.

Get a unique perspective

This experience gives you the chance to learn about lions from leading ecologists and work with local people who live alongside predators.

See Kruger National Park

The project is located on the fringes of Kruger and during your trip, you’ll get the chance to explore this area which is so famous for its wildlife.

DO

During your 14-day Lion Conservation Experiences Experience, you’ll get involved in the following activities:

Lion tracking and monitoring

  • Twice a day, you’ll participate in tracking and monitoring the white and tawny lions that the project has released in three separate locations
  • Occasionally, you may have the chance to observe the darting of wild lions to fit new tracking collars or change over an old collar or battery
  • Go on organised walks in the bush to find and remove snares, which are a constant problem

Lion behaviour and carnivore care

Project leader and lion ecologist Jason Turner (MSc) is a specialist in lion behaviour and white lions in particular. Accompanied by the project team, you will have the chance to observe the behaviour of the various prides of lions in their natural habitat.

  • Get to know the behavioural patterns and personalities of individual animals
  • Help to spot any unusual wildlife behaviour or potential veterinary issues

Conservation and the community

Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust and acclaimed author, has a strong connection with the local community. Her work reviving a tribal tradition that holds the white lion as sacred has been central to the project’s success.

  • Spend time with local people, learning about their relationship with lions and other wild animals
  • Help the project team with their community outreach programme

Observe wildlife in Kruger National Park

During your stay, you’ll spend a whole day experiencing one of Africa’s most famous National Parks.

  • As well as lions, Kruger gives you the chance to see large herds of elephants, buffalo, plus elusive and rare species such as leopards, hyenas and the endangered African wild dog
  • Kruger also has the largest population of rhino left in Africa and if you’re lucky you may even get to see both the white and black rhino

LEARN

As well as observing lions and helping the project team (which you can read about under the ‘do’ tab), Jason and his team will present informative talks on lion conservation and white lions in particular.

You’ll learn about:

  • The uniqueness of the white lions and the struggle that the project team underwent to have them recognised as more than the result of a recessive gene
  • The history of the Global White Lion Protection Trust
  • The threats to lions’ survival, including canned hunting, the cub cuddling industry, the lion bone trade as well as loss of habitat
  • The global conservation strategy to save the lion and local anti-poaching initiatives
  • The project’s innovative and successful reintroduction of captive-born lions into the wild
  • The cultural connection between local tribal communities and the sacred white lion
COSTS

Please note, the cost calculator shows the cost per person for our fixed-date experiences. If you wish to book this experience as a group of four or more on your choice of dates, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Our costs include:

Accommodation

Airport Meet & Greet

Transfers

24/7 Support

Personal Guidance

Meals

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TOTAL COST: £0000

Dates

9 – 23 July 2019

Payment

Costs are subject to change but will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.

I would advise anyone with a sense of adventure and willingness to work in a team to have a look at volunteering on any of the ACE programs.

I’ve been back four times and each time my experience has been unique and exceeded all my expectations.

My days with the vet were always full and exciting, with a new unexpected challenge each day; this could be a day trip to de-horn rhinos, capturing giraffe or staying back at the clinic looking after some cheetah cubs.

There is something quite rewarding in meeting people who share your views about conservation and like you who are willing to put some of your own time into making some slight difference.

It may not be helping on the front-line to stop the poaching but helping it is, not for one's own satisfaction but for the good of the Rhino species as a whole and we would recommend it to anyone.

ACE coordinated this for us as well as implementing all of the connecting travel arrangements. They were a pleasure to deal with, beginning with Ellie in the main office in the UK. She and I had several phone conversations before finalizing which projects my husband and I would participate in, as I wanted to make sure our (mature) ages would not be an issue.

ACE is an amazing organisation and I would definitely recommend going on one of their trips. ACE was there right when we arrived in South Africa and also when we left to make sure we were okay, safe, and well taken care of. You really get treated like family with this organisation and get to participate in the most unforgettable and life-changing experiences. I already can’t wait to go on another trip with ACE!

From helping us work out which volunteering experience would suit best, to making sure we knew exactly when and where to be in country, we found the level of service from ACE to be exceptional. So much so that we want to continue helping them with their great work supporting meaningful conservation projects in Africa, with the right type of volunteer.

What Makes Us Different?

Southern Africa's original conservation travel company

We are qualified zoologists and conservationists

Personal guidance before you book

Join real wildlife conservation projects

Enjoy total peace of mind, with 24/7 in-country support

Empower vital conservation initiatives

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