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Endangered Species Conservation

Gladstone, Queensland, Australia

Endangered Species Conservation
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Care for Wombats and Wallabies

Project Information

Volunteer Type Volunteer

Cost of Project From $1210 AUD

Duration 2-6 weeks (longer by negotiation)

Start Dates Every day, all year

Work Roster Two shifts a day, morning and afternoon plus night trapping for 10 days every 3 months

Age Requirement 18 years of age


The Endangered Species Conservation facility manages a number of captive breeding programs and partners with Government authorities, universities and zoological institutions to conduct vital research on Australian wildlife. The facility focuses on threatened species, particularly the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby and Northern and Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats. The facility is the only captive breeding facility for Bridled Nailtail Wallabies in the world.
The centre also provides medical care for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife through its rescue and rehabilitation program. Animals are nursed back to health with the goal of being well enough to be released back into the wild. The facility also supports other wildlife carers who assist with this dedicated work.
The centre delivers a range of wildlife education programs to enable local community groups, industry bodies, school groups and individuals to be actively involved in the conservation of native animals. The programs highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy natural environment to ensure the well-being of our native species.
The facility welcomes students and volunteers from all over the world to learn about Australian wildlife and contribute to the breeding, research and education programs.

  • Your Contribution

As a not for profit organisation, the facility relies on financial support from grants, fundraising, donations and membership fees. Volunteer fees contribute to the cost of food, water and utilities such as electricity.

Volunteers will be contributing to the survival of endangered species that are found nowhere else in the world.

Volunteers will help to support animals who require intensive care in order to be rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

  • A Typical Day

Volunteers will be directly involved in the care of approximately 100 animals. Your day will consist mainly of animal husbandry duties, including food preparation and harvesting and cleaning of enclosures. Other activities include enclosure maintenance, tree planting and participation in fundraising events and community education activities.

The animals volunteers will care for include Bridled Nailtail Wallabies, Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats, Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats, Sugar Gliders, Squirrel Gliders, lizards, snakes and birds. Koalas and other kangaroos and wallabies also frequent the project.

  • Skills Required

Volunteers must be fluent in English, hardworking, able to work effectively in the heat and to take direction from full time carers. Volunteers should possess a genuine desire to care for animals and be committed to their conservation.

  • Challenges

The project is based in a quiet location away from a major town.

Working in the heat, early mornings.

  • Accommodation

Single dorm rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen.

  • Meals

Food is supplied, however volunteers are required to prepare their ownday time meals from supplies. Dinner is made and enjoyed by the group on a nightly basis.

Vegan and vegetarian options are available.

Drinking water is supplied.

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