Created by volunteers, for volunteers
Focused on animals, wildlife and conservation


Thailand

Thai Elephant Sanctuary

The elephant sanctuary gives refuge to domesticated elephants who have been rescued from a life of working on the streets or logging. Nearby forests give the elephants the opportunity to roam and forage in an (almost) natural environment.

The centre currently has approximately 20 elephants and is a perfect place for volunteers to learn “hands on” about elephant care and the plight of the wild and domesticated Thai elephants.

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.

Staff campaign against the illegal wildlife trade and the use of animals for entertainment, for example the use of animals in live shows, elephant riding and the use of animals as photo props. 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.

The elephant refuge is part of the larger wildlife sanctuary where there are currently over 400 rescued animals including 5 different species of macaque, 2 species of gibbon, civets, leopard cats, sun bears and Asiatic black bears, a crocodile, a binturong, exotic birds and over 250 primates.

1 week - 3 months
From $750 AUD

Thai Island Dog & Cat Shelter

This project was started in 2005 when it became apparent that dog and cat populations were spiralling out of control and cruelty to these animals was prevalent.

One factor was that after the Tsunami during the Thai construction boom, construction workers came to the island with their dogs but left them behind when the buildings were completed. The number of tourists visiting the island and feeding these dogs increased which resulted in their high survival and reproduction rates causing over population.

The Centre’s primary objectives are to control the population of stray animals on Koh Lanta Yai in a humane way through sterilization programs and to provide medical attention to sick and injured animals.

The Centre also aims to promote awareness and educate the local community on the importance of animal care and respect to local dog and cat populations.  This assists in helping to reduce the local issues of abuse and over population.

BONUS: Book 4 weeks, stay a month, book 8 weeks, stay 2 months, book 12 weeks, stay 3 months

 

4 weeks - 12 weeks
From $630 AUD

Thai Island Domestic Veterinarians

This project was started in 2005 when it became apparent that dog and cat populations were spiralling out of control and cruelty to these animals was prevalent.

One factor was that after the Tsunami during the Thai construction boom, construction workers came to the island with their dogs but left them behind when the buildings were completed. The number of tourists visiting the island and feeding these dogs increased which resulted in their high survival and reproduction rates causing over population.

The centre’s primary objectives are to control the population of stray animals on Koh Lanta Yai in a humane way through sterilization programs and to provide medical attention to sick and injured animals.

The centre also aims to promote awareness and educate the local community on the importance of animal care and respect to local dog and cat populations.  This assists in helping to reduce the local issues of abuse and over population.

The most common cases we see at the clinic are:

• Motorbike/Car Accidents

• Poisoning

• Bite wounds

• Infections

• Skin disorders-mange, ringworm, etc…

• Cat flu

• Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

For any complicated and invasive procedures that require more sophisticated equipment, we direct the client to a mainland hospital.

BONUS: Book 4 weeks, stay a month, book 8 weeks, stay 2 months, book 12 weeks, stay 3 months

4 weeks - 12 weeks
From $630 AUD

Thai Resident Bear Care

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.

This placement can be combined with the Thai Wildlife Rehabilitation and Care and the Thai Elephant Sanctuary Projects.

1 week - 3 months
From $1080 AUD

Thai Wildlife Rehabilitation & Care

This strictly "hands off" Centre rescues animals from places where they are maltreated and/or neglected and provides a sanctuary as close to their natural environment as possible with the best possible care. Some animals are nursed back to health and are released back into the wild while others are unable to be rehabilitated and spend the rest of their lives at the Centre. There are currently over 400 rescued animals including 5 different species of macaque, 6 species of gibbon, civets, leopard cats, a tiger, sun bears and Asiatic black bears, a crocodile, a binturong , exotic birds and over 250 primates.

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.

Staff campaign against the illegal wildlife trade and the use of animals for entertainment, for example the use of animals in live shows, elephant riding and the use of animals as photo props.  They aim to put a stop to hunting.

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.

This placement can be combined with the Thai Resident Bear Care and the Thai Elephant Sanctuary Projects.

Minimum 1 week
From $645 AUD