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Animal Care



The Lion Sanctuary has been caring for rescued and mistreated lions for nearly 20 years. It is one of only 7 official lion ‘sanctuaries’ in South Africa that are true sanctuaries and do not allow breeding. They operate under strict conditions in which the animals’ best interests are at heart.
 
The award-winning sanctuary is the largest lion sanctuary in the Western Cape province and provides a ‘forever home’ for over 30 rescued lions. As the lions can never be released into the wild, the sanctuary provides the animals with a safe, comfortable home where they are treated with care and respect.

Minimum 1 week
From $800 AUD

This project is an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Amazon jungle working in partnership with the indigenous Quichuan community. It provides a unique opportunity to actively work in an animal care and rehabilitation program that operates in collaboration with the Environmental Police (UPMA) and the Ministry of Environment.

The centre’s main goal is to rescue wild animals from unhealthy and illegal situations that have been the victims of animal-trafficking or mistreatment and enrich their existence as best they can in captivity.

Open since 2006, the project operates on over 60 private hectares of primary Amazon forest where some of the animals live in excellent enclosures or on islands. Other animals have behavioural enrichment while they are in rehabilitation and can be released into a National Park or an area suitable for their species. The most commonly trafficked groups of animals are primates, birds and reptiles.

Minimum 2 weeks
From $1200 AUD

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 $1100 AUD

This local organisation tirelessly devotes all of its time and efforts in eliminating the mistreatment of domestic animals and promotes respect to all animals through local education initiatives. The principal objectives are to achieve the approval of an animal protection law, educate people about responsible ownership, assist in the control of dog and cat populations, improve the lives of rescued animals at the refuge and implement campaigns to achieve all objectives.

Minimum 1 week
From $560 AUD


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.

2-6 weeks (longer by negotiation)
From $1100 AUD

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, starvation 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. More than 170 sick and injured animals have been 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 at the centre include Green, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles.

Minimum 1 week
From $700 AUD

The centre is the only wildlife rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary in Malawi, promoting wildlife conservation both internationally and within the local communities. They have an extensive community outreach and education program and the centre is open to the public 365 days a year, welcoming hundreds of families and school children every week.

The project is still in the development stages which means volunteers can have a very real influence on the direction they take and there is a great team currently in place. Volunteers often extend their stay because they enjoy it so much and can see the value of their contribution. The centre couldn’t do their work without the support of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who really want to make a difference. It is a ground breaking project and the first People and Wildlife Centre in the world, a pilot project supported by a well-known international wildlife charity which is already being used as a model for other centres in Africa.

Longer placements are available upon request.

2 weeks to 3 months
From $1685 AUD

A non-profit organisation with a no kill policy, the rescue centre is dedicated to reducing the cat population in Playa del Carmen. They achieve this via the TNR (trap spay/neuter and return) program for feral cats and the rescue, treat, spay/neuter and tame program for kittens under 3 months. The centre aims to find a permanent loving home for all rescued kittens in their care.

The centre is also committed to education, which encourages responsible pet ownership and challenges negative associations with feral cats and consequent cruelty.

While the rescue centre’s primary focus is cats, the clinic also provides spay/neuter services for dogs.

Minimum 2 weeks
From $900 AUD

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 or have been retired from zoos
• 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.  

1 week to 1 month. Longer stays of up to 3 months are on request after a 1 month stay.
From $635 AUD

The centre provides outstanding medical care to all species of sick, injured, and orphaned flying foxes and other species of bats. Although the centre specialises in bats, they are also a wildlife trauma centre that undertakes first response work for any native animal that requires care.

Most species of bat in Australia and around the world are at risk from land clearing, climate change, disturbance (wind farms, etc) and relocation by humans. Other reasons that bats come into care are cat/dog attacks, they become caught in barb wire or inappropriate fruit netting, are hit by cars, are suffering from heat stress or are hand fed the wrong food by people. Unfortunately, it has become common practice to attempt to relocate flying foxes, however, to date, no reliable method has been found to achieve camp 'relocation', with many relocations merely disturbing and stressing the bats. Bats imprint on a territory and are lost without their home. Species that compete for territory cannot be readily relocated as this causes conflict with other species located in the area.

The project receives hundreds of flying foxes into care and offers a place of refuge for recovery until they are healthy, strong and confident enough for them to venture back into the wild.

Other animals that are rescued and rehabilitated can include kangaroos, wallabies, ducks and geese. The project does not discriminate, they will provide a home for all animals who need it. However, the centre is predominantly bats. 

The project welcomes researchers, vet and work experience students so that they may utilise the facilities to fulfil course requirements and further their wildlife studies.

The project strives to inspire the general public to accept flying foxes as essential contributors to our environment and to treasure all other native fauna.

Minimum 1 week
From $600 AUD

The Sanctuary was established more than 30 years ago as a haven for injured mammals, birds and sealife. Since then, several thousand animals have been treated for numerous injuries and returned to their natural habitat. There is a large population of permanent residents that live at the Sanctuary including birds and mammals that with cannot be returned to the wild or have been pets that have never experienced life in the wild.

Following the Ash Wednesday Bush fires in 1983, the Sanctuary received national & international media coverage regarding their tremendous efforts in locating, rescuing and treating shocked & burnt animals.

The Sanctuary also works with the community to provide assistance and housing for people who have a disability, a special need, are frail or aged. They offer a supportive environment for people to work quietly alongside the animals or a place for them to visit that does not place demands on their physical or mental capabilities. Volunteers with a disability are encouraged and wheelchair access is available.
 

1 week - 12 weeks
From $600 AUD

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 6 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 $690 AUD

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

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.

1 week - 3 months
From $645 AUD

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.

Minimum 1 week
From $645 AUD


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 corridorslocated 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 arereleased 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 $600 AUD


The Western Cape Big Cat Sanctuary is an environmentally friendly sanctuary which cares for rescued captive-bred big cats. Currently home to lions, tigers, caracals, jackals and a leopard, the sanctuary provides a compassionate and enriching environment for exploited big cats to live out their lives in comfort and safety.
 
With a strong focus on raising awareness of the plight of big cats in Africa, the sanctuary delivers on-site educational programs to sanctuary visitors and provides the opportunity for visitors and volunteers to be involved in creating enrichment toys and activities for the cats. The sanctuary also provides a range of specialist services such as trapped animal relocations, animal communication workshops and big cat facility advice and assistance.

Minimum 2 weeks
From $1800 AUD