Volunteering with animals holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Take a look at our 54 volunteering with animals holidays. These volunteering with animals holidays are all about helping animals that can’t look after themselves. On these holidays you can volunteer with a range of animals from big beasties like bears and elephants, to smaller creatures such as monkeys and turtles. These are hands on holidays, working at animal sanctuaries or rehabilitations centres where neglected animals are cared for. Many have been rescues from poor conditions so be prepared give these animals lots of love and TLC.

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Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa
Some of the most exciting conservation work in Africa, from €950 - €1700 (14 days) ex flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Work hands on with horses on the South African coast, from £599 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Volunteer at a bear sanctuary in the Romanian mountains, from £1145 (14 days) ex flights
Vervet monkey rehabilitation project in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Rehabilitate & release Vervet Monkeys into the wild, from £695 (7 days) ex flights
Elephant conservation in Thailand
Volunteering with elephants in Thailand, from £450 (7 days) ex flights
Wildlife volunteering in Malawi, with Zambia safari
Experience the wild side of Africa, from £950 (15 days) ex flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Hands on rehabilitation work in South Africa, from £995 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve
1206 nesting giant turtles 1000Ha tropical forest Pacuare, from US $210 (7 days) ex flights
Botswana wildlife volunteering holiday
Help conserve the incredible wildlife of the Kalahari Bush, from £920 - £1629 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteer with children & animals in South Africa
Volunteer with children and wild animals in South Africa., from £460 - £3390 (7 days) ex flights
Carnivore conservation & research in Namibia
Rehabilitate and release cheetah in the wilds of Namibia, from £845 (14 days) ex flights
Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Care for rescued animals in Namibia, from £795 - £2395 (14 days) ex flights
South Africa wildlife volunteering holiday
Conservation & animal care in a South African Big 5 Reserve, from £829 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
Help to care for rescued bears, from £595 (7 days) ex flights
South Africa wildlife reserves conservation expedition
The Big 5 game reserve expedition, from £730 - £2920 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteer at a lion sanctuary in South Africa
Help protect and rehabilitate lions in South Africa, from £1395 (4 weeks) ex flights
Volunteer with animals in Thailand
Animal rescue on a tropical island in Thailand, from £495 (14 days) ex flights
Animal rehabilitation project in Perth, Australia
Rewarding Animal Care at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, from £1775 (21 days) ex flights
Wildlife volunteering in South Africa
Volunteering at a Game Reserve, from £1090 - £3150 (14 days) ex flights
Field guide training in South Africa
Become a Game Ranger in Africa, from £3600 (12 weeks) ex flights
Volunteer with elephants in South Africa
Volunteer with elephants near South Africa's beautiful coast, from £801 (14 days) ex flights
Thailand wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Volunteering break at a wildlife sanctuary in Thailand, from £839 (14 days) ex flights
Orangutan conservation in Indonesia
Assist orangutan conservation efforts in Indonesian Borneo, from £1250 (4 weeks) ex flights
Koala conservation in Australia
Koala conservation, luxurious Ecolodge, famous Great Ocean Road, from AU $1355 - AU $2800 (3 days) ex flights
Volunteer at orangutan & wildlife rescue centre in Indonesia
Care for Orangutans and others & Teach Environmental English, from £745 (7 days) ex flights
Chimp & Gorilla conservation in Cameroon
Gorilla & Chimpanzee Conservation in Cameroon, from £1835 - £3080 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife rescue volunteering in Thailand, Under 18s
Join an Under 18 Wildlife Rescue group trip, from £1295 (14 days) ex flights
Yoga & volunteer with orangutans in Indonesia
Yoga lessons with the Orangutans and Gibbons., from £795 (7 days) ex flights
Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka
Encounter the majestic Asian Elephant in stunning Sri Lanka, from £950 - £1324 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
Care for rescued animals including monkeys and bears, from £549 (7 days) ex flights

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Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa
The most memorable part was all the time we spent in the bush - at least 10h per day. To see the other side of the safari - i.e. not being in a traditional tourist vehicle. (more)Karin van Volen
Amazing!! Words cannot describe this adventure- over 1500 photos taken and a million memories. (more)Emma Clifford
Brilliant experience...We were in a Private Game Reserve with no tourists so it was really peaceful and secluded. The scenery was wonderful and the animals were amazing to see. I was also lucky enough to share my experience with a great bunch of people which made the trip even more memorable (more)Pankaj Bhudia
From €950 - €1700 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Fantastic and didn't want to leave. Definitely would like to go back again and stay longer! Everyone was wonderful...top would be watching the bears play in the water, eat, and just enjoying the fact that they now lead a happy life thanks to those that have rescued them and look after them. (more)Amanda Hathway
Everything. I loved every moment of it! As an animal lover, just being able to see so many bears interacting with each other and living freely in such a fantastic sanctuary was an experience I won't ever forget! (more)Chloe Grable
A really unique experience! Romania is a beautiful country and it was great to be able to spend several weeks there and get to know one part of it. (more)Linda Gardiner
From £1145 excluding flights
South Africa wildlife reserves conservation expedition
Memorable parts? Monitoring and tracking the wild dogs was a most memorable experience. We'd get up early in the morning and sit in the back of an open jeep and roar off to the last sighting. It was winter. It was cold. It didn't matter as it was a big adventure and the not knowing would we find them or not? Waiting and watching for the next time. Really great fun. Tips? For the winter, take lots of warm clothing layers as you can peel off as the weather warms up. Follow the list... (more)Keith Costelloe
From £730 - £2920 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
I loved every second of my trip - the people, the country, the bears I worked with... (more)Louise Bednarz
Meeting the bears and being able to really make a difference to their day-to-day lives with enrichment, feeding and cleaning; some of the things we were doing (such as enrichment to keep the bears active and happy) wouldn't get done unless we were there to help out! (more)Heather Reynolds
We were so close to the bears and keepers that you feel part of the project rather than just a short stay helper. I think we were really lucky... to have the baby bear (Lola) arrive when we were there too. (more)Anon
From £595 excluding flights
South Africa wildlife volunteering holiday
The best part was meeting the elephants and having contact with them. They are such amazing animals and I could spend all day long observing them, which I did even on some of my days off (more)Kim Mackie
An amazing experience that I will never forget and am immensely grateful for! (more)Hugh Quigley
From £829 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
5 stars! My best experience abroad in the last 30 years.....Working with sea turtles: seeing turtle nesting and releasing baby hatchlings was absolutely fantastic (more)Daniel Halder
Amazing! Would go back in a second if I had the opportunity to do so. The whole process from the turtle laying its eggs, to the release of the baby turtles was just pure enjoyment! To me, it felt like more of a holiday than a work placement, as I was the most relaxed I have ever been. (more)Emilie Gronsund
It was quite simply the best. You felt part of the community in San Miguel which was so much better than just being on holiday and you learn so much about these amazing sea turtles. I'd thoroughly recommend this particular project for anyone with an open mind, who relishes enjoying a simple way of life in spectacular, unspoilt scenery. (more)Sue Curtis
From £677 excluding flights
Orangutan volunteering in Borneo and Malaysia
Memorable parts? Helping to catch a Crocodile, and a 13 foot long python that had eaten a monkey.... Definitely not your average holiday, which is nice... Tips? Go with an open mind, and be prepared for some physical work… Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Very enjoyable, thanks for having me. (more)John Broome
From £1495 excluding flights
Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
I went to the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand, this was a fantastic project helping animals who had been mostly kept as pets. It’s hard to say what was the most memorable part of this holiday as there was so much variety and different experiences, it’s difficult to decide what was the best part of it. (more)Cathy Bisset
I had so many fantastic experiences, and the centre itself was in an idyllic area, on the grounds of a Buddhist temple. One highlight was spotting wild elephants in a nearby national park, after dark. (more)Olly Carney
From £549 excluding flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with people who are dedicated, informed and enthusiastic about conservation in a practical and realistic way. And of course, seeing the wildlife as they are meant to be. Tips? Be prepared for it to change your views on life. Local benefits? Many local people were employed in the reserve and the studies that were being carried out influenced how the reserve was managed and that benefited the locals. As the research carried out was the same as the normal... (more)Louise Sexton
From £1395 excluding flights
Wildlife volunteering in Malawi, with Zambia safari
My time at there was fantastic - I would recommend the Center in a heartbeat to anyone wishing to have a conservation-oriented holiday. Work is not too difficult on the whole, and you will have enough spare time to develop solid relationships with other volunteers and otherwise enjoy your time. (more)Ben van Haeringen
Working with the young orphaned animals, helping to provide their day-to-day care, was a truly unforgettable experience. Seeing wild Lions, Leopards, Elephants (and many more) up close on safari was fantastic, surpassing all my expectations. (more)Philip Toole
From £950 excluding flights
Elephant conservation in Thailand
My holiday was the best experience of my life, so much so I wasn't ready to leave and got very upset when the time came to leave. I fell in love my elephant Campion and Boonma and his family welcomed me with open arms. Such good hearted people. The experience with them added to my amazing experience and I would recommend anyone try this experience. I would give this experience 10 out of 10 there was nothing I feel could of been better except for me booking longer! (more)Debbie Field
Thoroughly enjoyed - The baby elephant playing-a real privilege to see! (more)Amanda Patrick
It was the best holiday I have ever experienced. My daughter and I cried when we left the elephant camp on the last day. We built up very strong bonds with our elephants, their owners and thier families. A very happy, emotional experience. We will be going back to visit them all soon. (more)Sarah Middleton
From £450 excluding flights
Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa
Memorable parts? So many amazing things happened during my stay. My top 3 were: 1) Seeing the cheetahs being fed 2) Helping to rear a meercat baby and Clarke a serval 3) All the jokes and banter between the volunteers Tips? I would recommend bringing some DVDs, although the selection is pretty good already. Additionally make sure you bring warm clothes it gets really really cold at night. Finally make sure you bring a good torch. Overall rating? 9/10 of course there will be... (more)Cecilia Stilwell
From £995 excluding flights
Volunteer with children & animals in South Africa
It was AMAZING! (more)tracy ciotti
My whole time at the reserve was so incredible with thrills everyday from hurtling along dirt tracks to see elephants, watching porcupines and honey badgers battle right next to camp to the first time you lead a class by yourself. (more)Deirdre McClean
Working with all of the animals and children, and meeting wonderful people were most memorable - the whole experience was memorable and exciting. The trip well and truly exceeded my expectations. I would happily recommend it to anyone. (more)Thérèse Hutchins
From £460 - £3390 excluding flights
Botswana wildlife volunteering holiday
Memorable parts? Daily close interaction with lions and wild dogs. Close contact with knowledgable and passionate conservationists. Tips? The company I booked with (The Great Projects) were very helpful when spoken to directly. However,they did not give the name of the project (Modisa in Botswana). As such,much of the information they gave to me was inaccurate and caused problems at the start of the trip. Had there been an emergency or had I had a strong view on what I wanted from... (more)Phil Jackson
From £920 - £1629 excluding flights
Volunteer with elephants in South Africa
Amazing! It was my dream to work with elephants. It really was a trip of a lifetime. I learnt so much and made a few great friends out there which I still keep in contact with now. (more)Melisa Dora
The holiday was the most amazing experience and I would definitely recommend it. I had an incredible time working with the elephants, the staff at the Park and the other volunteers. I also had the opportunity to do some fantastic trips and excursions in my free time culminating in a tandem skydive which was amazing! (more)Hannah Grigson
Having the opportunity to interact with the elephants was the most memorable part. (more)Evie Jones
From £801 excluding flights
Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Memorable parts? Being able to be near, feed and touch some majestic animals - lions, cheetahs, baboons. Tips? Be prepared for really hot weather - I sunburned - and get ready to enjoy. Local benefits? I certainly did. I saw how the animals were cared for, how the local people were given employment and knew I was contributing. Overall rating? I had a great holiday - too short - but that was my choice. (more)Catherine Armstrong
From £795 - £2395 excluding flights
Volunteer at orangutan & wildlife rescue centre in Indonesia
Memorable parts? Defiantly my most memorable part was the interaction with the local people, especially the kid’s classes. The animals were great, however it’s the people that made it special. Tips? If you enjoy a beer after a hard day's work, make sure you organize in advance! You can get beer but it’s in town and about a 15min drive, so suggest being organized. Local benefits? I defiantly feel that we made great progress with the local people. We are still in regular contact... (more)Lauchlan Leishman
From £745 excluding flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with experienced people who are always willing to help and teach you Tips? To bring many working pieces of clothes and leave at home fashion dresses Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Great and fulfilling experience (more)Giorgia Trevisan
From £599 excluding flights
Malawi volunteering holiday
The most memorable part of the holiday has got to be the people. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly throughout my stay. You were made to feel at home as soon as you arrived which is just what you need after a long flight and arriving in a new country! The most exciting part was riding in the local buses, you get to see the city, meet local people and really immerse yourself in Malawi! (more)Emma Daw
It was so good to get the chance to meet so many local people and the most exciting part of the whole thing for me was helping to bring in an orphaned yellow baboon who was being sold on the street, and she was later named after me! (more)Diana Fentiman
to name but a few... hearing Bella the lion's roar all the way from the volunteer house and seeing her purrs and rolls of pleasure when you visit her enclosure. Watching the monkeys playing around right outside the volunteer house door and being able to bottle feed the baby baboons were the most memorable parts of the holiday. (more)Melanie Boler
From £850 - £2695 excluding flights
Elephant conservation holiday, Thailand
Being with the elephants and their handlers. Having the big bull elephants walk past you, just inches from your face, leaving you to feel completely small and vulnerable as these pre-historic like mammals move by with grace, softness, power and majesty! (more)Georgina Hickman
What a wonderful educational experience and to feel you are putting something back into the preservation of these magnificent creatures. (more)Sharryn Salkilld
A great experience. I haven't travelled alone before but I soon made friends and the staff were great. (more)Paul Gramlick
From £549 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

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