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Our conservation trips are graded to help you choose the conservation role and the physical demands right for you. Read our background information on the general aims and nature of the projects.

Carnivores of Etosha: Human vs Wildlife Conflict

Take part in the Etosha National Park lion survey and assist experts on a conservation project to identify lion movement and conflicts in communities. Helping farmers build a kraal is just one of the tasks on this physically demanding but highly rewarding adventure into the wilderness of Namibia.

  • Destination: Namibia
  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Conservation role: Expert conservationist
  • Physical demand: Challenging

Sperm Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins

Help a team of researchers and scientists in the Azores with an ongoing study of sperm whales, and learn more about these mysterious creatures as they migrate north, as well as the behaviour of the charismatic and intelligent bottlenose dolphin. The trip also offers the chance to dive with blue sharks.

  • Destination: Azores
  • When to go: Mar-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 7 or 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,395 pp
  • Conservation role: Field learner
  • Physical demand: Gentle

Rewilding Bison in the Tarcu Mountains Reserve

In 2014, Europe’s largest living land mammal, the European bison, was reintroduced to Romania’s Southern Carpathians, after a 200 year absence. As well as learning about this exciting project, this weekend break also offers the chance to view brown bear and some of the forests’ other wildlife.

  • Destination: Romania
  • When to go: May-Jun, Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 5 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,645 pp
  • Conservation role: Educated traveller
  • Physical demand: Moderate

Carnivores of South Luangwa

Join researchers from the Zambian Carnivore Programme for a behind-the-scenes view of conservation in action in South Luangwa National Park, and take part in research into its populations of lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. The riverside lodge accommodation at Nkwali is ideal for wildlife viewing.

  • Destination: Zambia
  • When to go: Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
  • Conservation role: Educated traveller
  • Physical demand: Gentle

Manu’s Jaguars & Woolly Monkeys

Explore Cusco, the City of Gold, and the prolific Manu National Park and assess the importance of regenerating tropical forest for jaguar and woolly monkey conservation in Manu. You identify factors that allow both species to recolonize, and assess the impacts of human behaviour on their populations.

  • Destination: Peru
  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Conservation role: Field learner
  • Physical demand: Moderate

Conservation roles

  1. Educated traveller

    • Lectures tour
    • No field involvement
    • Wildlife watching
    • Increase knowledge and awareness
  2. Field learner

    • Lectures and workshops
    • Field observation and light general research tasks
  3. Research assistant

    • Scientific work
    • Involvement in field related to special threat
    • Interpretation and follow-up
  4. Expert conservationist

    • Strong involvement with scientists in the field
    • Direct impact on conservation threats
    • Lectures and open discussions
    • Outreach education programme

Physical demands

  1. Gentle

    • Generally easy and comfortable trip
    • Easily accessible with low involvement and gentle pace
    • Suitable for everyone
  2. Moderate

    • Standard facilities
    • Slightly remotely based
    • Small involvement in the field
    • Suitable for everyone
  3. Challenging

    • Close wildlife encounter
    • More basic facilities
    • Longer field work and harsher environment
    • Small training on-site
    • General good level of fitness required
  4. Strenuous

    • Needs a high level of fitness
    • Designed for the more adventurous (wild camping , limited facilities, hard conditions, remote)
    • Recommended for 18-35
    • Likely to require proper training

Background information

Just Conservation

Just Conservation trips endeavour to provide wildlife enthusiasts with the opportunity to participate in sustainable conservation projects. Taking you behind the scenes of national parks and conservation organisations to work alongside renowned scientists, research teams and wardens, joining a Just Conservation trip will provide you with unrivalled access to wildlife and experts, while making a direct contribution to the on-going studies of threatened species.

Enhancing species knowledge

Whether your fascination is for marine life or land mammals, Just Conservation trips provide a greater scientific understanding of a range of species and the challenges they face. Lectures and workshops will provide previous research findings while your studies of migrations, threats, behaviour and identification, as well as the impact of the human-wildlife conflicts that exist with local communities, will help scientists gain a comprehensive future understanding of certain threatened species.

Hands-on involvement

Just Conservation trips are hands-on experiences providing skills and practical knowledge of working in-the-field and not for you to be a spectator. From collaring African elephants, tagging marine species and constructing community livestock kraals, to using GPS devices to track wildlife, setting camera traps, identifying footprints and observing behavioural patterns, you will be actively involved in the day-to-day work of wildlife conservation and research.

Conservation for everyone

Just Conservation trips endeavour to be non-exclusive, so regardless of age, ability or interest we intend to bring like minded wildlife enthusiasts together with scientists to collaborate and provide increased research findings. Whether you are retired and want a gentle introduction into the world of conservation, or are newly graduated and crave a demanding experience, our conservation gradings explain the different roles and physical demands that you can experience.