I spent an entire week with one of the biggest cats on the planet. It is amazing how big they are even at 15 months. For how intimidating they can be at first, they’re just teenagers. It was an invaluable experience watching them socialize and hunt while you are just a few yards away!
The project itself is in Livingstone, Zambia. I was able to go on numerous lion walks with the cubs. The lion cubs ranged from 14 – 16 months in age. I was able to experience and monitor all sorts of behavior patterns that the cubs exhibited including stalking prey and how they interact with each other. As a volunteer, I was able to help in so many ways including anti-poaching snare sweeps, conservation seminars at local schools, assisting the Zimbabwe breeding program, elephant monitoring, aiding ‘Lion Encounters’ and so much more.
The project also supports the local community, as many of the projects handlers are from the local villages. This experience will forever help shape who I am, the way I live, the choices I make and the path I will take next.
That’s why I volunteer.