Two Prezewalskis interacting with each other in the wild

Your trip at a glance


  • Observe the rare and majestic Przewalski horses in their natural living condi­tions on France’s Causse Méjean high plateau
  • Contribute to scien­tific research aiding the preser­va­tion of an endan­gered species
  • Learn all about the fasci­nating Przewalski horses under the guidance of experi­enced conser­va­tion­ists, scien­tists, and biolo­gists
  • Gain a wide range of new skills, including wildlife obser­va­tion and identi­fi­ca­tion, photo trap survey techniques, and data analysis
  • Develop teamwork and problem-solving techniques as you work closely with your fellow volun­teers and instruc­tors
  • Make meaningful connec­tions with people who share your passion for conser­va­tion
  • Experi­ence a new culture and the natural beauty of the French high plains in a way that is not acces­sible to most tourists
  • For amateur or profes­sional photog­ra­phers: Use your wildlife photog­raphy skills to make a positive impact by taking photos for a good cause


On view is a sunlit hiking trail in the Causse Méjean - a limestone plateau in southern France.
Causse Méjean
A Przewalski herd in a white snowy landscape
A wild bird sits on a post surrounded by the open expanse of the plateau
A single, wild Prezewalski horse looks into the distance in France
The Mongolian yurt being dismantled
The Mongolian yurt, which serves as a summer shop, under construction
The summer shop of the Prezewalki Horse Protection Organisation, for example, sells stuffed animals such as camels, handmade mobiles and traditional clothing.
A small group of four Prezewalski's horses stands close together on the grassed area
Several European badgers were spotted in the wild and captured by a camera trap
An exhibition stand of the research project
A bird of prey recorded via a camera trap

Conservation Volunteering in France

This volunteer programme offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the conservation of Przewalski horses while learning about biodiversity and ecology in the beautiful and remote region of Causse Méjean.

Two Prezewalski horses stand close together. The one in front is looking at the viewer while the other is grazing.

Arrival and orien­ta­tion in France

Upon arrival, you will be picked up from either Montpellier-Méditerranée or Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes airport, or the Montpellier Saint-Roch or Nîmes train station. A project representative will welcome you and drive you to your accommodations. The following day, you will head over to the conservation site, where you will be provided with a comprehensive orientation, including an introduction to the project, its goals, and methodologies, as well as an overview of the local area.

Teamwork in Prezewalski Protection

Volunteer activ­i­ties in Przewalski horse conser­va­tion

Volunteer activities revolve around different themes throughout the year. In June, volunteers will work in conjunction with biologists and naturalists from the bordering Cevennes National Park to locate and observe species unique to the region. In July, the programme focuses on horse behaviour under the guidance of a renowned French ethologist. You will create educational tools and presentations about the Przewalski horse to be used in schools based on what you have learned. September’s programme is all about species-related scientific research, data analysis, and dissemination. In October, volunteers will work primarily with camera traps and data sorting. Regardless of the month, all volunteers will have the chance to observe the Przewalski horses in the wild and experience the local culture through organized activities.

A Prezewalski foal stands close to the mother-mare in a flower meadow

Accom­mo­da­tion in the Causse Méjean

Volunteers are provided basic accommodation in rented apartments with single and/or double rooms. While food is provided, volunteers are expected to prepare their own meals in a communal kitchen. Lunch is served at the conservation site on weekdays. Please note that you will live and work in a remote area without any means of transportation. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in unspoiled nature and breathtaking scenery.

An aerial view of the open expanse of the limestone plateau at Causse Méjean in the south of France under a blue sky.

Leisure time as a volunteer

During your stay, weekends are free to relax or explore the surrounding area. Optional excursions are available on Saturdays for an added fee. One such excursion is the Five Senses Walk, which engages all your senses as you see, hear, touch, taste, smell, feel, discover, and experience the beautiful countryside. Sundays are completely free and can be used to enjoy one of the many hiking trails in the Causse Méjean region.

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  • On view is a sunlit hiking trail in the Causse Méjean - a limestone plateau in southern France.
    1. Causse Méjean

    The Causse Méjean is a high limestone plateau in the south of France, in the Lozère region. It is part of the Cévennes National Park and is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and rich biodiversity. The plateau is surrounded by steep cliffs and deep gorges, including the Tarn and the Jonte. The landscape is characterised by vast open fields and rocky outcrops, with scattered beech and oak woods, but mostly pine forests. A variety of wildlife can be found in the Causse Méjean, including birds of prey such as vultures, as well as wild boar, deer and other mammals. The area is popular with hikers who come to explore the many paths that wind through the plateau and surrounding valleys.

Background of the TAKH Przewalski horse conser­va­tion project in France

The Przewalski horse is the last truly wild horse species, once running freely in incredible numbers across the grasslands of central Asia. However, their population declined immensely in the last century due to habitat loss, hunting, and competition with domestic livestock. By the mid-1900s, Przewalski horses were extinct in the wild, and the remaining few were only to be found in captivity in zoos around the world.

Our French partner organisation, TAKH (which means "wild horse" and "spirit" in Mongolian), was created in 1990 under the initiative of biologist Claudia Feh and further supported by passionate conservationists. In 1993, the first 11 Przewalski horses arrived on the Causse Méjean. The Causse Méjean was initially selected as an acclimatisation platform that offers Przewalski horses the most natural living conditions possible and helps them rediscover a natural social behaviour that had been lost in a captive setting.

A significant milestone in the contribution to the conservation of Przewalski horses was reached in 2004 when TAKH released the first group of captive-bred Przewalski horses from a breeding centre in the French town of Le Villaret into Mongolia. A second group followed in 2005. In total, 22 individuals were reintroduced in Mongolia at Khomyn Tal, which was declared a national park in 2020. Our partners have played an integral role in the triumphant return of the Przewalski to the wild and its native land in Central Asia, under the protection of the state.

The non-profit organisation has been successful in other translocations of the Przewalski horse, notably in France and Russia. Furthermore, our partner works on scientific research, education, and public awareness campaigns to promote the conservation of this endangered species.


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