Volunteering for Wildlife

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A holiday with a difference!

Thought about taking a volunteering holiday? There are plenty of wildlife sanctuaries around the world needing help and what a fantastic way to meet the locals, human and non-human, experience a different culture, and make a valuable contribution at the same time. Here are some examples where vegan or vegetarian food is easily available too:

Monkeying around in South Africa – volunteer with the Vervet Monkey Foundation on a variety of projects from looking after orphans, cleaning and preparing food, to building new enclosures. Stay in the volunteer village. Vegan food provided.

Want to spend time in Central America? Sea life your thing? How about a turtle conservation project in Costa Rica. At La Tortuga Feliz you can patrol the beach, watch turtles lay eggs, collect eggs which are then taken to a hatchery for protection and release the hatched young. Care of injured adults may also be involved. Accommodation on site, and vegetarians catered for.

baby sloth poses for the camera on the tree

How about volunteering with Animal Rescue & Conservation Volunteering, also in Costa Rica – opportunities available at three different rescue centres caring for injured and ill wildlife. You might get to meet tapirs, spider monkeys, macaws, iguanas, sloths and turtles. Vegetarian food available on request.

Want to spot a leopard up close? Cikananga Wildlife Center in Indonesia looks after javan leopards, sunbears, various primate species, reptiles and birds. Onsite accommodation with vegetarian meals available. 

Tasikoki enables the confiscation of animals from illegal wildlife traders and is located on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. The Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre is a rescue, rehabilittaion and release centre for animals saved from this trade. A lot of the animals are primates. Volunteers provide environmental and behavioural enrichment for animals, plus animal keeping tasks. A minimum of two weeks is required here, accommodation in male/female dorms. Food provided is mostly vegetarian.

Hang out with the elephants for a week or two at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. They also provide are for dogs, cats, birds, buffalo and other rescued animals. Onsite accommodation, with vegan and vegetarian food always available. 

American Bion at Grand Teton Mountains

Help protect the Buffalo in the USA with the Buffalo Field Campaign. Stand with the buffalo on the ground they choose to be on, document moves made against them, and monitor their migrations to help protect buffalo outside of Yellowstone National Park. Accommodation in a bunk house. Vegans and vegetarians catered for. 

Most opportunities are suitable for people from 18 and upwards. Some will consider under 18s, as young as 12 years, if accompanied by their family.

There are plenty of other opportunities to explore. Try these websites for options:

So what are you waiting for? Include a volunteering with wildlife experience in your next holiday. Advertise for a house sitter with us, and have your adventure! Or include a volunteering experience between house sits.

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