A Lion’s Roar

Lioness stare. South Africa

There is nothing quite like waking up to the sound of the deep guttural roar and grunts of a lion staking his claim! There is something rather scary and unnerving in the dark hearing one of these guys make such a noise! A lions roar can be heard up to 5 miles away!
This video was taken on the reserve of our Wilderness Conservation Programme in the early hours of the morning.


The lion is a magnificent animal that appears as a symbol of power, courage and nobility on family crests, coats of arms and national flags in many civilisations. Once upon a time lions were found all the way from Greece through to the Middle East and Northern India. However, today only a very small population remains in India and the largest part of their population is in Africa, but are confined to the sub-Saharan region.

Many cat species live a fundamentally solitary existence, however, the lion is an exception has developed a social system based on teamwork and an extended but closed family unit centred around a group of related females.

The average pride consists of around 15 individuals, including five to 10 females with their young and two or three territorial males that are usually brothers or pride mates. Lions are the laziest of the big cats and usually spend up to 16-20 hours a day sleeping and resting, devoting the remaining hours to hunting, courting or protecting their territory.
At Blue Lizard Adventures we offer volunteers a spectacular opportunity to monitor and research these spectacular animals.


This volunteer wildlife research programme provides a fantastic opportunity to work alongside professional researchers, assisting with the long term studies of lion ecology and behaviour. Additionally, you will also have the pleasure of monitoring and recording data on other species such as leopards, cheetah, elephant, and white rhino. Here volunteers will learn necessary field research skills and techniques use specific equipment and also learn about flora and fauna identification and issues relating to conservation in the area. The data collected plays a vital role in the conservation and management of not only this reserve but for management of conservation areas throughout South Africa. The research base is located on a 30,000hectare private game reserve which is full of an array of Southern Africa’s most spectacular wildlife.
A Typical day on the reserve would involve an early research drive with refreshments in the bush. It is a very early start, as the carnivores are mainly active during the night and early mornings.  Arriving back for a hearty breakfast, followed by spare time to organise and enter data, partake in various tutorials, prepare for the next drive or just relax. Late afternoon early evening sees another research drive, arriving back at base in the evening for dinner in the boma.
Volunteer work:

  • ·         Determine and monitor predator numbers in the including lions, leopards and cheetahs

  • ·         Monitor the feeding behaviour, prey selection, kill frequencies, and the ecological impact of lion and other predators in the reserve

  • ·         Monitor the social dynamics of the reserves resident lion population

  • ·         Monitor the spatial movements and territories of predators and mega herbivores in the reserve

  • ·         Habituate elephants and develop their identification kits

  • ·         Monitor the conditions of white rhino in the reserve

  • ·         Collar and habituate resident leopards


Lion – Blue Lizard Adventures
Volunteers at the Lion project South Africa

Lion – South Africa – Blue Lizard Adventures

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