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Patricia Barros, Conservation Project with Travellers Worldwide

         

PATRICIA BARROS
British

Lion Rehabilitation and Release Voluntary Project in Zambia
         

1) What experience do you feel you are gaining?

I have learnt lots about lions, their behavior and how they are now endangered in Africa. I have also learnt about the local culture and a lot about the other wild life in the national park.

2) What is the best thing about your placement so far?

Taking the lion cubs out on walks most days and helping move the lions to a bigger enclosure (they had to be sedated for this and the volunteers played a big role in assisting). I have also got to 'cub sit' 1 month old lion cubs to get them used to humans which has been amazing. But everything about it is pretty good to be honest!

3) Would you recommend this placement to anyone else?

Yes, most definitely I love it!

4) What type of person do you think this placement would suit?

Someone who is passionate about animals and wildlife in general. Also someone who doesn't mind a bit of manual labour - though it is shared out equally between everyone.

5) What, if any, improvements could be made to the placement?

Can't think of any to be honest.

6) Can you describe a typical day?

We meet in the main house at 6.45am to discuss the day. We start the day at 7am usually most of us go out on a lion walk first thing. We have an hour breakfast break between 9.30-10.30am, where we have a cooked breakfast. We go out on our second activity at 10.30am which can be a number of different things. We stop for lunch between 1-2.30pm which is cooked for us. We then go on our last afternoon activity until 5.30pm. We get served dinner around 5.30pm. Every day is different as all the activities are shared out between everyone.

7) Any other relevant comments?

Everyone here is very welcoming and friendly and go out of their way to do anything to help. It's really a lovely place.

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