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Wildlife conservation volunteering is a wonderful way to give back and help promote animal welfare. Many travelers are also animal lovers and hope to see different species while they are abroad. This can often lead to practices like holding and riding the animals which is dangerous for their health and future and for travelers.
By volunteering with wildlife conservation, you are able to make an impact and have the incredible experience of interactions with animals in safe ways. You can help the future of many species of animals by lending a hand to a project that directly works to protect wildlife. From big cats, elephants, great white sharks, and sea turtles, to orphaned rhinos, snow leopards, and bird species, these animals need you. Wildlife conservation volunteering gives you practical skills you can use towards a career in animal care, as well as life-changing experiences and life-long memories.
Experiences that you can have while wildlife conservation volunteering:
Elephant Conservation in Thailand
Millions of travelers visit Thailand each year, many of which engage in elephant riding. As information is increasingly released detailing the negative impacts of this, elephant “sanctuaries” are becoming more popular. At an elephant conservation program in Thailand, volunteers can take part in important work to help rehabilitate and re-introduce elephants to their natural habitats. There are a few things to look out for when researching an elephant conservation program, including making sure that they do not promote riding of the elephants and the use of chains or bullhooks.
Consider joining GVI at their Elephant Re-introduction program, which works with elephants recovering from carrying tourists on their backs for many hours a day. Here, elephants are introduced back into their habitats, and volunteers work alongside mahouts to ensure the good care of these enormous, compassionate creatures. Volunteers can also join an internship of 6 months and gain conservation skills not touched on in the regular volunteer program.
Cheetah Conservation and Research in South Africa
Cat lovers will be thrilled by the opportunity to learn more about the world’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah! By traveling to South Africa and volunteering at this Cheetah conservation and research program, you are making the conscious effort to save cheetahs for future generations.
As a volunteer at this program, you will work with experienced staff to study and learn more about the cheetah and its behaviors. In addition, you will enjoy game drives, learning about other iconic African wildlife, and other exciting excursions.
Join GVI at this life-changing program for a minimum of 2 weeks and spend this valuable time alongside researchers and other volunteers.
Ocean Wildlife in Belize
Belize is home to some of the most wonderful array of sea life including manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, as well as a fabulous barrier reef. This ocean wildlife conservation tour includes a multitude of volunteer opportunities to help with the research of many species. Help conduct in-water surveys with sea turtles, boat surveys with manatees and much more.
Join SEE Turtles on this five-day tour and get to know the country of Belize while assisting on a research project alongside other volunteers and experts.
Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica
This is an opportunity to protect both adult and baby sea turtles in a beautiful Costa Rican setting. As a volunteer at this Central America project, you will assist with beach patrols, watch for nesting sea turtles, as well as work within the community. It is a fantastic chance to visit the various parts of a successful conservation project.
Consider joining Oyster Worldwide in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. This program is open to adults starting at age 17.
Rhino Sanctuary Volunteering in South Africa
Rhinos are considered critically endangered in Africa due to poaching for their horns. Baby rhinos are often found orphaned and this is an opportunity to take part in taking care of them. As a volunteer at the sanctuary, you may help prepare formula for the babies, bottle-feeding, recording their development, behaviour, and weight gain. The goal for this program is to have protected areas in Africa where they will have free-ranging rhinos.
Intern Africa offers this unique opportunity to help protect rhinos in Africa and work towards restoring their populations.
Volunteer with Wildlife in Ecuador
If you are looking for a chance to volunteer with animals in a wildlife rehabilitation setting, this program is perfect for you! You’ll travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon and volunteer in a wildlife rescue center that takes in animals that have been injured, orphaned, or have been rescued.
During your time at the program, you will help provide the animals with food, enrichments, as well as general maintenance.
Check out Oyster Worldwide’s Ecuador Wildlife Conservation Volunteer program and stay for a minimum 1 week.
Protect Wildlife in the Galapagos
There are a number of ways that you can volunteer in the Galapagos. Whether you’re looking for a hands-on volunteer project, or more or a volunteer component to a tour, there’s an option out there for you. When you volunteer in the Galapagos, you can have the opportunity to see iconic wildlife like seals, blue-footed boobies, tortoises, and much more!
Consider a Galapagos Voluntour with Bamba Experience for 10 days of exploration and giving back.
Great White Shark & Marine Wildlife Conservation in South Africa
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush with your wildlife volunteer program, you’ll want to check out this program! Travel to South Africa and volunteer with great white sharks as well as other marine life. You’ll enjoy cage dives, research boat trips, as well as other volunteer activities with other animals. There’s no doubt this will be an unforgettable experience.
Snow Leopard Camera Trapping in Nepal
If you’re fascinated by snow leopards, this is the trip for you. Part expedition, part research trip, you’ll trek through the Himalayas in search of snow leopards, while stopping at different camera trap locations to collect the data and SD cards. You’ll trek alongside experienced guides while taking in the breathtaking views.
Venture to South Africa and take part in an important volunteer program with the vulnerable species: the cheetah. Regarded as the world's fastest land mammal, the...
Length of Trip: 2 weeks
Dolphins are a popular tourist attraction in Zanzibar, however, there are minimal regulations in place and few conservation initiatives, which places the species at risk....
Length of Trip: 2 weeks
Learn about the ocean wildlife of Baja California Sur on this expedition with SEE Turtles. You'll have the chance to snorkel with sea lions, study...
Length of Trip: 7 days
Enjoy all that the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has to offer by taking part in local giant sea turtle conservation efforts by night and...
Length of Trip: 7 days
Enjoy an unforgettable experience at Moholoholo, a rehabilitation centre for hundreds of animals. Your love for animals is best placed here, where you'll assist with...
Length of Trip: 2 weeks