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Australian Forest Wildlife

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.

Minimum 2 weeks
From $1210 AUD

Endangered Species Conservation

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.

2 weeks
From $1210 AUD

Great Barrier Reef Marine Conservation

There is no better place to Learn to Dive than Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Combine this with some marine conservation activities and it’s a match made in heaven.
Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers has teamed up with prominent scuba diving and outer reef operators in Cairns to offer volunteers a Marine Conservation program conducted on theGreat Barrier Reef. With a high commitment to environmental protection and sustainability, this unique dive program falls under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) powerful monitoring program ‘Eye on the Reef’ and is designed for volunteers interested in scuba diving, marine conservation and spending time on the reef.
The adventure begins in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, where you will become a certified scuba diver by completing the popular 5 Day PADI Open Water Course (Advanced Courses or Nitrox available for participants already certified). Then volunteers embark upon the reef as certified divers and volunteer marine conservationists where they will join the ‘Eye on the Reef’ program and complete 8-10 underwater Rapid Monitoring surveys monitoring coral health. The information gathered provides managers and researchers of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) with up-to-date information on reef health status and trends, the distribution of protected and iconic species, and early warnings of environmental impacts.
Volunteers will also have the unique opportunity to spend 3 days with a reef expert on the Great Barrier Reef, to learn and experience firsthand, this endangered natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef.
Volunteers will undertake 17 dives for the duration of the project. 

Certified divers start Day 6 and complete a 5 day, 6 night program.

11 nights (6 nights for Certified Divers)
$2700 ($1900 for certified divers)

Great Barrier Reef Turtle Rehabilitation

The Rehabilitation Centre treats injured and sick marine turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef and Cape York Peninsula. Animals are brought in suffering from disease and/or injuries caused by boats, discarded fishing gear or ingested plastic that is mistaken for food. Many of the turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef are suffering from 'floaters disease'. Volunteers and donations from local businesses have kept the centre running with more than 170 sick and injured animals brought in for treatment over the past 10 years.

Founded in 2000, the centre receives no funding from Government as the rehabilitation of sick and injured animals does not currently come under any conservation or environmental initiative. Species of turtles in care include Green, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead and Flatback turtles, although Green and Hawksbill turtles are the most common at the centre.

Minimum 1 week
From $770 AUD

Rainforest Bat Rehabilitation

The centre works for the conservation of bats and their habitat as poor public attitudes towards flying foxes and habitat loss are the root causes of many problems facing bat conservation.

They achieve this by:

  •         rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing hundreds of bats every year
  •         providing a lifetime sanctuary for bats that are too severely injured to return to the wild
  •         educating the public about bats through schools and the onsite Visitor Centre
  •         habitat restoration work at 2 bat colonies
  •         facilitating research into flying foxes by various universities and government bodies
  •         advocating for bats


All four species of Australian flying foxes are in permanent care as well as tube-nosed bats and microbats.

A visitor’s centre was opened in 2009 to provide educational programs for a broader community of local residents, students and tourists.                                                            

Minimum 1 week
From $635 AUD

Wallaby, Kangaroo and Possum Care

This project, operated by local carers, operates a licensed rescue, rehabilitation and release program for Australian wildlife, mainly kangaroos, wallabies, possums and sugar gliders.
Predominantly, animals are given to the project by the largest animal welfare organisation in Australian, the RSPCA (Royal Society of the Protection of Animals) where they are rehabilitated and released into South D’Aguilar National Park via a number of broad bush corridor located at the rear of the property. The National Park encompasses Lake Manchester and Gold Creek Reservoir.   
The project cares for around 40 animals at a time and animals are released when they are healthy and able to survive in the wild.
The project is also heavily involved in reforestation programs on their own and surrounding properties.

Minimum 1 week
From $660 AUD