Volunteering with Lions on World Lion Day

Amanzi – the Shona word for water – was the name of the lion cub that Gemma Whitehouse helped to rear during her first experience of volunteering in Africa.

wildlife volunteer at Africa
Roar if you’re ready for an adventure at Limpopo

Did You Know?  Both male and female lions roar, and that roar can be heard over five miles away!

This truly life changing experience, convinced Gemma to give up her existing job and set up Amanzi Travel, so that everyone, at some point in their life, could “Do Something Amazing.”

Renowned for its majesty and nicknamed the “King of the Jungle” the lion possesses both beauty and strength.

Did You Know?  Male and females greet each other not with a handshake but with a rub, which sometimes becomes so vigorous that one gets knocked down in the process. The act is meant as a means of bonding, as lions leave scent markings on each other during the process, similar to how house cats rub up against their pet parents to demonstrate ownership.

In honour of World Lion Day on August 10th, we thought it only appropriate to highlight a number of wildlife volunteer projects that are available, if you want to volunteer with lions.

Did You Know?  Lions are the second largest living feline species, second only to the tiger.

Volunteering with Lions

1 – Volunteer Living with Big Cats – Limpopo, South Africa

2 – Shamwari Conservation Volunteer – Eastern Cape, South Africa

3 – Big Cat & Endangered Wildlife Centre – Hoedspruit, South Africa

5 – Zambia Lion Project Volunteer – Livingstone, Zambia

6 – Limpopo Wildlife Conservation Volunteer – Hoedspruit, South Africa

7 – Lion, Tiger Conservation & Big 5 Reserve Volunteer – Eastern Cape, Sout Africa

9 – Lion Breeding & Release Volunteer – Gweru, Zimbabwe

10 – Victoria Falls Lion Project Volunteer – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

11 – Zululand Wildlife Conservation Volunteer – Zululand, South Africa

lion cub tracking volunteer at wildlife conservation project Selati
The black spot over his left eye identifies the “curious’ new cub at Selati

Did You Know A lion’s back teeth (called carnassals) work like a pair of scissors, which comes in handy when tackling a fresh piece of meat. Though the teeth help cut up their meals, lions don’t actually chew their food, but rather swallow it in chunks, using only one side of their mouth at a time.

If you’d like to talk through any wildlife conservation idea or plan, or just need a little help deciding which project, just email Gemma@amanzitravel.com or give Gemma or Pat a call on +44 (0)117 253 0888.

For more information on World Lion Day, please take a look at our previous blog.


A truly life changing experience, working on wildlife and community volunteering projects in Africa over 15 years ago, convinced Gemma Whitehouse to give up her job as a Marketing Manager for an international organisation and use her skills and expertise to set up a company that would offer others the same amazing opportunities with a service second to none - thus Amanzi Travel was born.


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