Big 5 Monitoring, Conservation, Sustainable Living Big 5 Monitoring, Conservation, Sustainable Living Phalaborwa, Sudáfrica LEO Africa
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Project Details

LEO Africa is a wildlife monitoring, conservation & sustainable living volunteer project based in Limpopo, South Africa. Come join us and live a truly African experience!

Limpopo Eco Operations (LEO) Africa, is based in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. 

LEO Africa project began in 2005, to assist the reserve in monitoring the lions that were re-introduced. With the years, the project expanded its range of operations, and currently, we are responsible for the monitoring of the key species (Big 5, cheetahs, hyenas) and a great part of conservation work for the reserve where we operate. Alongside with this, we are very active in sustainable living and green energy. We educate our volunteers and people on the importance of putting the environment first, as without a healthy environment, wildlife (and humans) would not thrive.

Leo Africa's rangers and conservationists have years of field experience; we are very dedicated and passionate about real conservation and we strive to make a difference and educate people so that also the future generations can admire the beauties of nature and live on a healthy planet. The work we do links ecology with the practical aspects of running of a nature reserve, providing a rewarding and educational wildlife volunteer experience. Further, Leo Africa's conservation efforts are not only based on animals, but also on their environment, promoting and using green energy and material recycling.

LEO Africa offers a free service to the reserve in which we operate, and the solely way of funding our project is through the volunteers contribution. Without volunteers, we would not be able to do our work and the park would not have a dedicated team to monitor wildlife and assist with valuable conservation work.

Volunteer Program

LEO Africa conservation volunteer program provide vital monitoring services for this reserve.  The information is obtained through an intensive predator and wildlife monitoring program, which offers you, the volunteer, an opportunity to learn about and contribute to conservation in one of the most diverse wildlife reserves in South Africa.The data collected on the field and through camera traps is processed by our staff members to compile monthly reports for the park managers. The information gained is used to be able to evaluate the impact of the animals and to maintain balanced, stable, and sustainable ecosystems.

Reserve management in South Africa is a complex and evolving subject. It involves everything from ecology to road maintenance, from species reintroduction to alien plant removal. One of LEO's goals is to expose volunteers to the complicated subject of conservation in the 21st century.

The aim of the LEO Africa research project is to provide park wardens and ecologists with detailed information about wildlife within the reserve as well as contributing with some active conservation work to keep a balanced eco-system. 

LEO Africa's volunteer wildlife monitoring and conservation programme records and monitors the movements, behaviour, numbers, kills, and interactions of the Big 5 and hyenas. This research will play a vital role in the management of park section and possibly the data analysed could be used to compare these eco-systems with other conservation areas throughout South Africa.

The main focus of the project is on
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Sabrina Colombo
Sabrina Colombo
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

Our mission is to help and provide Reserve Management with relevant information about key species on the reserve, such as lion, elephant, white rhino, cheetah, hyena, leopard and buffalo as well as help with reserve conservation and veterinary operations. We are the only monitoring facility of the reserve making our work vital for the management of the reserve. LEO Africa provides a free service to the reserve and the only way to be able to conduct our work is thanks to the volunteer contribution on three different aspects: in the field, at base and financially. Without LEO Africa, the park won't have anyone to specifically monitor wildlife and assist with conservation work.

Fight against rhino poaching

LEO Africa is active in the fight against rhino poaching.We try our best to improve the living condition of the anti-poaching(AP)teams operating on the reserve so that they can better perform on the field. We have been raising a lot of donations from our volunteers/sponsors that we give to the AP for themselves and their families. Leo Africa's aim is to educate volunteers and local communities on topics such as conservation/reserve management/rhino poaching. 


Our conservation efforts are not only based on animals, but also on their environment, promoting and using green energy, material recycling and reducing as much as possible the use of plastic. Only with a healthy environment wildlife can strive and we can guarantee a good life to our and future generations. #ProtectTheHabitat

Solar panels: currently LEO Africa is using solar panels to produce adequate energy and electricity for the LEO office, volunteer/staff house and workshop. In addition, we have a solar water pump and geyser to produce hot water. Our plan for the future is to install more solar panels to use only 100% green energy.

Water usage: the LEO Africa Team is trying to educate all the volunteers about the importance of water as a non-renewable resource and as a consequence not to waste it. We encourage people to take short showers, to wash the dishes by filling the sink with water (no running water), to close the tap while brushing teeth, and to use the washing machine only with a full load of washing.

Going Plastic Free!: We are aware that in our society plastic is used a lot, but we all must do our best, with dedication, to try to reduce its usage by paying attention to the items we buy and their packaging. Plastic has really harmful consequences on wildlife and ecosystems. LEO Africa tries to be very careful about plastic consumption, avoiding it any time it is possible to do so. Start at home as well! Together, we can make a difference.

Vegetable garden: In the effort to reduce plastic consumption and have organic food, we are growing our vegetables. 

Bottled Tree Project

At LEO Africa, we really care about the planet and its fauna and flora. That's why we thought to launch a project: the LEO AFRICA Bottled Tree Project. For every plastic bottle used, we will plant an indigenous tree seed in it, to create a big nursery and once the trees will have reached a good size, we will sell them to nurseries (the money earned will be put in the fund for anti-poaching/monitoring efforts), plant them in gardens, roads or whenever people or reserves would require them.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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