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Wildlife conservation volunteering holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Check out our 85 wildlife conservation volunteering holidays from around the world. Why not try a wildlife conservation volunteering holiday and help collect data for wildlife research or help conserve endangered species? We have a range of tasks so you maybe assisting researchers out in the field or getting more ‘hands on’ with the animals, for example feeding orphaned baby monkeys. Whatever your choice, from elephant conservation to studying big cats, we have a range of wildlife conservation volunteering holidays to suit you.
Lynx, wolf & bear conservation volunteer holiday in Slovakia
Wolf, lynx & bear conservation volunteering in Slovakia, from £1290 (7 days) ex flights
Belize wildlife conservation holiday
Assist caring for over 150 animals native to Belize, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Tiger Conservation in India
Help protect the magnificent tigers of Kanha National Park, from £2295 (14 days) ex flights
Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa
Some of the most exciting conservation work in Africa, from €950 - €1700 (14 days) ex flights
South Africa wildlife reserves conservation expedition
The Big 5 game reserve expedition, from £730 - £2920 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Volunteer at a bear sanctuary in the Romanian mountains, from £1145 (14 days) ex flights
Malawi volunteering holiday
Volunteer at Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary, from £1131 - £3588 (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
Leopard volunteering holiday Western Cape, South Africa
Leopard & caracal conservation volunteering in South Africa, from £1790 (13 days) ex flights
Research volunteering with leopards in South Africa
Wildlife volunteering with African leopard research team, from £800 - £1200 (4 weeks) ex flights
Elephant conservation in Thailand
Volunteering with elephants in Thailand, from £450 (7 days) ex flights
Sailing & conservation holiday in Greece
A unique wildlife & sailing adventure, from €774 - €860 (7 days) ex flights
Game Reserve conservation in South Africa
Exciting and rewarding conservation work at game parks, from £1595 (14 days) ex flights
Community & wildlife volunteering in Malawi
Volunteer with wildlife and communities in Malawi, from £935 - £2965 (12 weeks) ex flights
Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
Care for rescued animals including monkeys and bears, from £549 (7 days) ex flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Research sharks above & below the water, from £1145 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Assist with conservation research in a Big 5 area, from £1395 (4 weeks) ex flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Hands on rehabilitation work in South Africa, from £995 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife volunteering in Malawi, with Zambia safari
Experience the wild side of Africa, from £1400 (15 days) ex flights
Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa
Volunteer with orphaned animals, from £995 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
Help re-habilitate orphaned monkeys in beautiful rural South Africa, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica
Family turtle conservation volunteering in Costa Rica, from £483 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteer with animals in the Amazon rainforest, Ecuador
Help stop animal trafficking, from US $840 - US $2840 (14 days) ex flights
Elephant conservation volunteering in Namibia
Elephant conservation voluntering in the Namibian desert, from £863 (14 days) ex flights
Snow leopard conservation holiday in Kyrgyzstan
Snow leopard volunteering, Tien Shan mountains, Kyrgyzstan, from £1860 (13 days) ex flights
Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece
Track wild bears & explore the wilderness with park rangers, from €559 (5 days) ex flights
Orangutan conservation in Indonesia
Assist orangutan conservation efforts in Indonesian Borneo, from £1250 (4 weeks) ex flights
Amazon rainforest conservation holiday in Peru
Short for time come and volunteer for a week in Manu Peru, from £825 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteer at orangutan & wildlife rescue centre in Indonesia
Care for Orangutans and others & Teach Environmental English, from £760 - £1525 (7 days) ex flights
Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka
Turtle conservation and community development in Sri Lanka, from US $1600 - US $3400 (4 weeks) ex flights

116 reviews for Wildlife conservation volunteering holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Wildlife conservation volunteering holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Belize wildlife conservation holiday
It was a very positive experience being in a country that treasures the natural environment and it is government policy to protect at least 40% of the land for nature. I felt that after 3 weeks I had only scratched the surface of what there is to find out about Belize and definitely plan on returning. (more)Cathy Bisset
Once in a life time experience...meeting all the wild animals was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Kerry Sedman
From £795 excluding flights
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
South Africa wildlife conservation expedition
Memorable parts? Too many to list, but if I had to pick one it would be finding a leopard and her cub with a 4.5m python that they had just killed. The python was swollen with a small antelope that it had just killed. Working at the Karongwe Game Reserve was a truly amazing experience. Tips? Dive in. Do as much as you can. Enthusiasm will be rewarded with an amazing experience. Come prepared for the weather and some sacrifices in creature comforts, but it's all worth it. Local... (more)Ralph Perrella
From £1195 - £3745 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Bears! Bears ! Bears!......absolutely amazing to spend time with these wonderful creatures. (more)Sarah Burman
I have volunteered with other organisations in conservation and animal welfare and found in comparison the co-ordination for this was exemplary, the time working was balanced by time I had to wander the sanctuary or explore the surrounding area. Highly recommended! (more)Clanci Ferguson
Amazing! I was taking a year's sabbatical and this trip was the top of my list. It didn't disappoint and should be on every animal lover's 'bucket list'. I went for 6 weeks, returned for another 6 weeks the following year and fully intend to go back as soon as I can! (more)Estelle Barnes
From £1145 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 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
Volunteer & holiday in Costa Rica
Releasing newly hatched turtles into the sea. Walking up Cerro Chatto and swimming in the extinct volcano were the most memorable parts of this holiday. (more)Ian Spilsbury
10/10. A great holiday, very easy, no hassle, various options available whilst at destinations. The most memorable parts of the holiday were ziplining through the rainforest, night hike in Monteverde and the group of people I met. (more)Tracy Suff
I enjoyed the tour, had a great tour leader and was with a good bunch of people. (more)Sue Sanders
From £849 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 £1795 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 £1400 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
Borneo wildlife volunteer project
Memorable parts? There were many exciting wildlife sightings but the most memorable part of the holiday was being with Mark, the project leader, who was highly knowledgeable about the natural world as well as organising a varied and interesting programme. Tips? To be prepared to engage fully with all the activities arranged. A pair of binoculars would also be helpful Local benefits? It definitely supported conservation and maybe made the village more aware of the importance... (more)Tessa Milne-Day
From £1095 excluding flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Memorable parts? My last cage dive. We had one large female shark who did a slow pass right next to the cage. You could see her blue eye moving and focusing as she had a good look at what was going on inside our cage. Tips? I would recommend adding a few extra days on either side of the project so that you can explore Cape Town and do any additional activities that you haven't yet had the chance to fit in. The longer you are there, the longer your "to do" list will get. Local... (more)Annabel Marriott
From £1145 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
Malawi volunteering holiday
A great experience. I got to know some local people and volunteers from different countries and I learned about animal conservation and the social/ economic situation in Malawi. (more)Steve Boud
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
From £1131 - £3588 excluding flights
Orangutan conservation holiday in Borneo
Staying with the local tribe in the jungle was the most memorable part of the holiday...10 out of 10. (more)Jennifer Beard
Learning about and working with the animals at the wildlife centre at Matang; tribal-style living deep in the rainforest, and the guides' ability to source food from nature with fishing spear and machete - and much, much more. (more)Hanne Samson
From £1095 excluding flights
Sailing & conservation holiday in Greece
The whole experience was wonderful. Sotiris, our skipper was fantastic , very professional, kind and fun. This holiday was wonderful...it could not have been better...we should have stayed longer. It really was a very unique experience, very special to me. (more)Joanne David
Excellent! Every aspect was amazing. My partner and I are both deeply grateful to everyone who works for the operator for making such a special and memorable experience. We will almost certainly be booking up again! (more)Alison Crawford
A fabulous holiday. Sotiri and Melita were delightful and knowledgeable hosts. Annie who did the reservations was efficient and friendly. The boat was well equipped, safe and comfortable and the fellow guests good company. (more)Susan Sargeant
From €774 - €860 excluding flights
Orangutan volunteering in Borneo
I enjoyed the time in Batang-Ai in the longhouse most. A natural paradise- the tribes people were wonderful and our guide also...Overall, an excellent trip (more)Katie Beckwith
Working with such amazing animals and finding out how intelligent and human like they are....Brilliant once in a life time experience. (more)Holly Ferguson
The opportunity and privilege to work so closely with magnificent animals such as the Orangutan and Sun Bears ...A wonderful and moving experience (more)Lynne Parish
From £1280 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
Lynx, wolf & bear conservation volunteer holiday in Slovakia
Memorable parts? To made more than 30 kilometres surveyed in a deep snow following lynx, wolf and bears in a complete wild mountains. Tips? To sense a wild nature, tracking along the mountains with snow shoes where nobody runs and take the exciting moments when your are following a fresh track of bear or lynx. Local benefits? Yes, the people who work in a mountain refuge, on the restaurant and it's very useful for scientific team and to open the eyes of the governments about... (more)David Guixé
From £1290 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 £760 - £1525 excluding flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
Being so hands on with the Vervets and baboons was an amazing experience, as was helping to build the release site for the Vervet troop that was about to be set free. (more)Sara Lee
I would recommend this volunteering experience to anyone of a similar mindset who cares about the planet and all the creatures that we share it with. (more)Angela Crossland
From £795 excluding flights
Tiger Conservation in India
Memorable parts? Seeing tigers on seven occasions, hearing one roaring close by and then greeting cubs, smelling a kill in near vicinity, spotting tiger pug marks and claw marks on trees. Catching a leopard in our camera trap in area close to our bungalow. Visiting local villages and schools and a market and meeting so many local people. Tips? Be prepared for early rises, cold drives to park in open vehicle, stamina is required. There is an ATM machine in nearby village. Do not... (more)Susan Groves
From £2295 including domestic flights only
Volunteer with animals in the Amazon rainforest, Ecuador
Memorable parts? Getting close to wild animals and being "groomed" by monkeys. Tips? Take really old clothes and be prepared for normal standards of hygiene to go out the window. Local benefits? Yes - the animals but not the local people so much. Overall rating? Good. (more)Angela Loten
From US $840 - US $2840 excluding flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Tips? Local benefits? Overall rating? Poor. Not much meaningful work. It was not well organized in keeping volunteers busy. There were lots of occasions when we ran out of jobs and were told to wander around and look for things to do. Myself and my grandchildren were extremely disappointed. We had a family meeting and left early. Still a bad taste in our mouth. After staying there I felt that the fee charged was excessive. John Brown. (more)John Brown
From £995 excluding flights

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

Wildlife Volunteering and Wildlife Conservation

If you are a wildlife lover, wildlife volunteering is one of the most rewarding holidays you can take. There are many biologists and scientists working on different wildlife conservation projects all over the world who are working with endangered species and trying to inspire people with how beautiful, important and remarkable these creatures are and what a shame it’d be to lose them. Animal conservation needs a joined-up approach i.e. there is no chance of saving a species and its habitat if you do not first see its country as a political and social entity and harness local human populations to engage with the plight of their native species – to learn to love and be proud of their country’s creatures.

Wildlife conservation projects can contribute directly to the continuing existence of certain species, for example, the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: Western visitors pay the wages of the rangers who work hard to protect the remaining gorillas and, without their money, the forests would be pulled down and all would be lost. If you are considering volunteering for animal conservation it is worth bearing in mind that there are some occasions where the dictum: ‘look but don’t touch’ should be considered, particularly when it comes to wildlife and sentient creatures. The irony is that the more you love something, the closer you want to get – yet your very proximity can bring it more harm than good. Many animals should not be forced into human interaction as they are wild, not domestic. Often, watching animals living freely in their natural habitat can be a lot more rewarding than giving them a cuddle.

There is a great range of wildlife conservation holidays on offer, as well as working with endangered species, you can help preserve entire ecosystems. You may find yourself as a jungle volunteer, monitoring endangered Macaw's, digging seed beds in the bio garden, carrying and planting seedlings as part of the reforestation and carbon sequestration programme or working with local children in the ecology club. Or you could be a rainforest volunteer - rainforests are critically important to their region’s biodiversity, providing essential soil stabilization and carbon storage. But they are under constant threat from unsustainable logging practices and climate change. Whether you choose to help on animal conservation projects, volunteer in the jungle or volunteer in the rainforest, the work you do will be invaluable and you will be uplifted by how constructive human intervention can be, in the wake of our careless destruction.

Wildlife Conservation Holidays and Wildlife Conservation Volunteering

Wildlife conservations holidays should benefit the host country and make a valuable contribution to protecting wildlife, habitats and natural resources. Effective wildlife conservation is organised by scientists and specialist experts who need to collect data, research and analysis to make positive change. The wildlife conservation projects they set up rely heavily on volunteers who have time to spare. A wildlife conservation volunteer doesn’t need to have any qualifications but simply needs enthusiasm and a strong commitment to the environment.

There are many different wildlife conservation projects to choose from, you can investigate human-wildlife conflict, collect biological data in the Amazon or monitor endangered species in African reserves. Wildlife conservation volunteering has become very popular, which is hardly surprising considering the high demand for projects that deal directly with the increasing threats to wildlife and the environment. A wildlife conservation volunteer will have the wonderful opportunity to experience beautiful landscapes and unbeatable wildlife encounters, as well as learn new skills and environmental awareness.

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