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Australian Forest Wildlife

Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia

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Sanctuary for Injured Wildlife & Birds

Project Information

Volunteer Type Volunteer

Cost of Project From $1210 AUD

Duration Minimum 2 weeks

Start Dates Every Thursday, all year

Work Roster 7 days a week

Age Requirement 18 years of age


Every year, hundreds of thousands of native animals are injured, orphaned or become sick, often because of interaction with people or pets.

This wildlife shelter in country Australia is one of the largest unsupported privately owned wildlife shelters in Australia and for more than 30 years, it has rescued and rehabilitated sick, injured and orphaned native Australian wildlife and loved them back to health to be returned to the natural environment.

Since it receives no recurrent funding from governments, the shelter relies on the contribution of volunteers and donations from the public to keep it running.

  • Your Contribution

Volunteers play a key role in wildlife rescue and care. Not only will you be learning new skills and helping animals in need, you will make new friends from around the world and will create an enriching experience for yourself.

While the number of native animals needing help is increasing, volunteer numbers are not keeping up. Your contribution is enormous as the feeding schedule of baby animals is a busy one and the shelter needs surrogate mums to provide food for the babies and care for them.

  • A Typical Day

Your daily activities will consist of:
* bottle feeding all young animals every 4 hours
* toileting young animals after feeds
* exercising young animals
* assisting in rescue calls
* assisting in emergency medical treatment
* cleaning animal enclosures
* building / repairing animal enclosures
* browsing for grass and gum leaves in the forest
* picking apples
* keeping the grounds clean and tidy
* keeping the volunteer accommodation clean and tidy

You may also assist in administration, fundraising and other responsibilities as they arise.

  • Skills Required

Excellent English comprehension skills and the ability to understand precise instructions for the safety of the animals

You must be fit and have the ability and willingness to work in the heat of Summer or the cold of Winter

An international drivers licence is desirable.

  • Challenges

You will be required to source food for the animals which involves walking in the forest. Country Victoria can become very hot during the day so you must be prepared to work in the heat.

You must also be prepared that all animals do not survive their injuries.

  • Accommodation

Shared cabin for 4 people.

  • Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but all volunteers pitch in to help with preparation, cooking and cleaning.

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