Volunteer with elephants

Type of volunteering - elephant projects

Help care for, protect and research elephants at projects in Africa and Asia supporting elephant conservation and also interactions between elephants and local communities. Projects include volunteering at elephant sanctuaries with rescued elephants as well as tracking, research and conservation of elephants in the wild.

Desert Elephant Conservation

Desert Elephant Conservation

Namibia

  • Join an elephant tracking team to research the wild elephant population
  • Build protection walls for farmers' water sources and drinking water points for the desert elephants
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Duration: 2 – 12 weeks

Cost from: £995 / $1275

Desert Elephant Conservation - Family Trip

Desert Elephant Conservation - Family Trip

Namibia

  • Work with your family to help protect and research desert elephants in Namibia
  • Join a family volunteering team to support elephant conservation and community work
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Duration: 10 days

Cost from: £920 / $1180

Elephant Care

Elephant Care

Thailand

  • Care for elephants rescued from a harsh working life
  • Live on site at a tropical wildlife sanctuary home to over 400 animals
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Duration: 1 - 6 weeks

Cost from: £599 / $765

Elephant Care and Research

Elephant Care and Research

South Africa

  • Join an active research team collecting data to guide best practice for management of captive elephants
  • Work hands on with elephants providing care and enrichment
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Duration: 3 - 12 weeks

Cost from: £1095 / $1400

Elephant Conservation

Elephant Conservation

Cambodia

  • Assist at a sanctuary which provides a home for rescued Asian elephants
  • Observe elephants in their natural surroundings and help with local community-based initiatives
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Duration: 1 – 12 weeks

Cost from: £725 / $930

Under 18 Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue

Under 18 Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue

Thailand

  • Work with elephants, monkeys, bears and a variety of other animals
  • Live on site at the centre, with a group of 16-17 year olds and Pod Team Leader
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Duration: 2 weeks

Cost from: £1495 / $1915

Making a difference with elephants

  • “At current poaching rates, elephants, rhinos and other iconic African wildlife may be gone within our lifetime. Up to 35,00 African elephants were killed last year” African Wildlife Foundation

  • “Our aim is to help people live peacefully with elephants and this means we can conserve this special, small population of desert elephants. The volunteers can see the difference their hard work and effort immediately makes” Elephant Conservation project, Namibia

  • Lifespan: Asian elephant: 48 years, African elephant: 60 – 70 years

    Mass: Asian elephant: 5,400 kg, African elephant: 6,000 kg

    Height: Asian elephant: 2.7 m, African elephant: 3.3 m

  • “The passion and commitment shown by volunteers allows the centre to run smoothly. Their love for animals allows us to continue to rescue and rehabilitate animals that have been forced into the tourist industry” Elephant Care project, Thailand

elephant trunk

elephant trunk

elephant walking

elephant walking

elephant profile

elephant profile

elephant in Africa

elephant in Africa

baby desert elephant

baby desert elephant

desert elephants

desert elephants

desert elephants

desert elephants

baby elephant

baby elephant

elephant trunks

elephant trunks

elephant family

elephant family

swim in the river

swim in the river

elephant in forest

elephant in forest

We have long term relationships with hand-picked projects that have lasting and positive impact. We are a highly experienced and passionate team, here to support you!

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal