Live in tropical Thailand working up close with monkeys, gibbons, otters, bears and other wild animals. Your work helps to educate others on conservation issues and protect engaged animals. You can also combine this role with Elephant Care which is based at the same sanctuary.
Each day will differ but general wildlife rescue volunteer tasks may include:
There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ day and some volunteers may also find they are involved in tasks such as helping to clean the centre grounds, giving visitor tours or special occasion projects (such as building a new enclosure).
For volunteers staying longer than two weeks you could consider combining Wildlife Rescue with the Elephant Care role based at the same centre.
Volunteers work six days a week on a rotation basis, volunteers usually work from 6am until 5pm however there are regular breaks through the day.
There are generally between 15-25 volunteers on the Wildlife Rescue role, however you live alongside volunteers on the Elephant Care role and so there are usually 40-50 volunteers at the centre at one time.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Thailand Wildlife Rescue reviews.
Whilst the sanctuary employs full time local staff they are always in need of assistance with their tasks. Local staff are often over-stretched with daily care tasks and so the extra man-power from volunteers allow them to focus on long term plans and extend their care to more animals.
“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 or kept as pets.”Becca, Volunteer Coordinator
The centre that we work with in Thailand operates as a sanctuary for abused, neglected or injured animals. They currently provide a home for around 200 primates, 25 bears and a variety of other small mammals, birds and reptiles as well as 14-16 Asian elephants (who are cared for by Elephant Care volunteers).
Educational tours are often organised for young school children at the sanctuary as the project believe that the education of the next generation is critical to conservation in Thailand. The Wildlife Rescue management team actively campaign for better animal treatment in Thailand including issues such as the illegal pet trade, poaching and the use of animals within the tourist industry.
The sanctuary is based on temple grounds donated by a local abbot in a tropical region south of Bangkok. It is a peaceful and rural location and the centre is located beside a small lake which has a series of small ‘gibbon islands’ used to rehabilitate the gibbons. In total there are around 400 animals living on site at the centre.
Volunteers live in basic shared rooms on site at the sanctuary, bathrooms are shared with cold water showers and western bucket-flush toilets. The sanctuary has a communal area where volunteers can relax in the evenings as well as a communal kitchen where you can make snacks and drinks.
Volunteers have one day off per week and popular local destinations include Hua Hin beach, Kui Buri National Park or relaxation at a local spa resort with a swimming pool!
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), cost of pickup and transfers. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.
|1 week Wildlife Rescue||£599||GB Pounds|
|2 weeks Wildlife Rescue||£799||GB Pounds|
|Extra weeks||£110||GB Pounds|
|2 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue||£849||GB Pounds|
|3 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue||£1009||GB Pounds|
|4 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue||£1169||GB Pounds|
|5 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue||£1329||GB Pounds|
|6 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue||£1489||GB Pounds|
|7 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue||£1649||GB Pounds|
|8 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue||£1809||GB Pounds|
|Extra weeks on a combination placement||£110||GB Pounds|
Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
Discounts for volunteers combining Wildlife Rescue and Elephant Care roles, see above for examples
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