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Thai Resident Bear Care

Phetchaburi, Thailand

Thai Resident Bear Care
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Rescue Centre for Bears

Project Information

Volunteer Type Volunteer

Cost of Project From $660 AUD

Duration 1 week - 3 months

Start Dates Sunday - Sunday, all year

Work Roster 6 days a week 6.30am - 5.30pm

Age Requirement 18 years of age


The centre rescues bears who have been maltreated and/or neglected and provides a sanctuary as close to their natural environment as possible with the best possible care. The bears receive medical treatment and are nursed back to health so that they can live out their lives with many other bears in large enclosures.   Many bears are sick and disabled and will require permanent care for the remainder of their lives. There are sun bears and Asiatic black bears at the centre.

The centre campaigns against the illegal wildlife trade of bears for the pet industry, the bile industry and discourage the use of bears for entertainment, for example in live animal shows. 

The centre aims to educate Thai people, particularly children, to end cruelty to animals.  This is achieved through education programs held in schools and at the centre.

By educating local people, tourists and the international community to appreciate, understand and protect wild animals and their rainforest habitat, the centre hopes to promote the conservation of all natural resources, fauna and flora alike.

  • Your Contribution

You will be responsible for feeding and watering the bears, cleaning enclosures, providing enrichments, planting trees, assisting with tours for visitors, the construction and maintenance work of cages and enclosures and keeping the centre's grounds clean.

You will make a positive difference to the lives of the bears at the centre by caring for and enriching their lives.

Special projects for long term volunteers include the care of baby primates, working with animals in the quarantine area and animal rescues.

  • A Typical Day

You will be involved in the daily routine of caring for the resident wildlife at the centre.

The bears are fed several times a day therefore food preparation and feeding plays a large part in caring for each animal.

Each day you will be provide entertainment by preparing food games and enrichments for the animals. Enclosures require cleaning and the collection and cleaning of food bowls is required.

Rotational tasks include keeping the volunteer house tidy, sweeping paths, kitchen duties and feeding, washing and grooming the resident dogs.

Although you will work very closely with the bears, there is a strict ‘hands off’ policy for most of the animals.

  • Skills Required

No specific skills are required other than a love for animals, a genuine need to help them and a hard working ethic.

You will need to be in good physical condition due to the nature of the work undertaken in a hot and humid environment.

You should be patient, caring, willing to accept new ideas and be prepared to be challenged by alternative cultural views on the treatment of animals.

  • Challenges

It can be very emotional work treating and caring for sick and abused animals so you should try to be prepared for this. Be rest assured that you are amongst like-minded people who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions as you and will be there to support you.

The work at the centre is both demanding and physical, especially in the hot months.

  • Accommodation

Basic shared rooms for 2-4 people on site at the centre.

  • Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner with vegetarian and vegan options.
Fresh, filtered water is provided.

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