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36 holidays found

Panda conservation volunteering in China

This project is located in the stunning Bifengxia Mountain Range just outside of the city of Ya’an in China and it gives volunteers the chance to help care for the Giant Pandas in their endemic home. A lot of the pandas at the centre originally came from its sister site, but in 2008 disaster struck as an earthquake hit the Hetaoping Panda Centre and as a result the bears were relocated to the project site at Bifengxia. Since the move to the new centre, the panda population here has doubled, and this means that there are now 40 pandas being cared for at Bifengxia. This is a full time job and as a volunteer at the centre you will play a crucial role in helping to care for the ... Read more >
From £975 excluding flights

Volunteer at The Shamwari Wildlife Reserve, South Africa

This incredible volunteer experience in South Africa offers you the chance to get involved with the conservation efforts of the world-renowned Shamwari Game Reserve. Volunteers on this project play a vital role in the numerous fascinating aspects of managing an award-winning game reserve which has claimed back more than 25,000 hectares of once derelict farmland. With an on-site, dedicated wildlife department, Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Animal Hospital and Rhino Awareness Centre, volunteers will gain first-hand experience and insight through a vast array of tasks. This may range from tracking and monitoring rare and endangered species such as rhino, elephants and a number of predators, ... Read more >
From £985 excluding flights

Wildlife conservation holiday in India

This two week volunteering holiday in India allows you to witness the country's wildlife first-hand as well as experiencing life working within some of central India's best-loved wildlife sanctuaries and on local community projects supported by Tiger Watch. From the sloths of the Agra Bear Sanctuary to the elephants of the Mathura Elephant Rescue Centre, you'll be placed in the privileged position of being able to help conservation efforts where they're needed most. Starting in downtown Delhi you'll be immersed in the urban chaos of India's capital before journeying to Agra from where the Mughal architecture of the Taj Mahal takes centre stage. After experiencing one of the world's most ... Read more >
From £1,995 excluding flights

Wildlife volunteering in Bolivia

Situated next to the stunning town of Coroico in Bolivia, two hours from the country’s capital of La Paz, this project is based in a truly incredible wildlife sanctuary, which cares for illegally trafficked animals that have been rescued from lives of captivity and cruelty. Established in 2003 as an ecotourism project, the sanctuary began taking in monkeys and parrots that had been rescued from traffickers. Today, the sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and flora in the area. The problem of animal trafficking in South America has worsened in recent years, as exotic and rare animals have a high monetary value when sold into the pet trade overseas. For this reason, many of ... Read more >
From £670 excluding flights

Mozambique marine conservation project

This two week volunteer project invites you to discover the amazing marine mega fauna of Mozambique where whale sharks and manta rays are known to glide above bountiful coral reefs. As part of the project you’ll be contributing directly to ongoing marine conservation studies and activities as part of a team of researchers and scientists. This is in addition to taking a PADI Open Water Scuba course, during the first week. If you're already Advanced Open Water qualified then you can start to help with underwater research projects, straight away. Anyone who's already Open Water qualified will get to complete their Advanced Open Water course before starting the research programme. The ... Read more >
From £2,025 excluding flights

Carnivore conservation & research in Namibia

This two-week volunteer programme offers a unique opportunity to play an important role in the conservation of carnivores in Namibia, enabling those who take part to work with these incredible animals and contribute towards their future welfare. Namibia’s cheetahs and other big cats are at constant risk of being killed by farmers who regard them as a threat to livestock, and this is a problem that the project hopes to solve. A typical day at the project includes game-counts, camera trap setting, and collecting, footprint collecting, spoor-counts, box trap checking, waterhole observations, radio-telemetry tracking of collared animals and search for cheetah marking trees. The main focus ... Read more >
From £860 excluding flights

Whale Shark conservation in the Maldives

Have you ever dreamt of swimming beside the world's largest fish? Well now you can with this once in a lifetime experience, which allows you to help with in vital conservation work with the magnificent whale shark - all within one of the most beautiful locations anywhere on earth - the Maldives! Formed in conjunction with a not-for-profit charity and active member of the international conservation coalition ‘The Shark Alliance’, this project offers volunteers the chance to “conduct integral whale shark research and foster community-focussed initiatives throughout the Maldives region”. Your duties here will consist mainly of out-at-sea research - keeping your eyes peeled to try and spot ... Read more >
From £1,732 excluding flights

Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

The wildlife sanctuary is situated in a beautiful Namibian savannah, with lush vegetation, expansive vistas, and mountainous views. The sanctuary provides refuge for orphaned and injured wildlife and acts as a halfway point for animals needing to be relocated, as their safety is threatened by human action. Volunteers help to care for and feed the animals on a daily basis and complete all manner of maintenance and construction work at the sanctuary. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the sanctuary work and are fully expected to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Everyone who volunteers here will get the chance to care for, clean, and feed cheetahs, leopards, lions, ... Read more >
From £875 excluding flights

Orangutan sanctuary volunteering in Borneo

In the verdant Bornean jungle lies the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary, which has begun to open its doors to generous and dedicated volunteers as of November 2018. Home to the largest amount of captive orangutans in the entire world, along with an orangutan rehabilitation and release program whose success is unprecedented, volunteers are invaluable when it comes to lending a helping hand. Orangutans face many threats, primarily from mass deforestation of the rainforest which leaves the great apes without food and shelter. As a result, many babies are orphaned and sold into the pet trade, only to be abandoned later when they become too difficult to care for or are shot or captured as ... Read more >
From £1,195 excluding flights

Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka

This project, which is based in the breathtaking surroundings of the Sri Lankan jungle, offers a hands-on experience, carrying out vital, ecological research on the region’s elephants. The aim of this is to assess and reduce human - elephant conflicts, which have become very strained in recent years. Volunteers assist in the implementation of sustainable land-use initiatives using GPS, remote sensing and GIS techniques to develop conservation strategies which will help to protect elephants, leopards, and other wildlife in the Central and North Central Provinces of Sri Lanka. Living in harmony with nature is deeply embedded in the cultural consciousness of the indigenous people of Sri ... Read more >
From £764 excluding flights

Laos Wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

Nestled in rural surroundings, just 60km north of the capital, The Laos Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the small town of Ban Keun. This mainly Buddhist and picturesque country is a delight to visit but unfortunately, isn’t as harmonious as it seems. Laos is sadly a major gateway for illegal wildlife trading in South-East Asia. Every day thousands of animals are smuggled in and out of Laos and sold to become traditional medicine, pets, ornaments, food and more. The sanctuary was bought to life to stand against wildlife crime and hopes to reduce the high numbers of trafficked animals. The sanctuary was formed after Laos zoo enlisted the help of non-governmental wildlife organisations. ... Read more >
From £485 excluding flights

Wildlife orphanage volunteering in South Africa

This project provides volunteers with the unique opportunity of not only caring for some of South Africa’s most iconic species but also to inspire a generation of local school children to take pride and invest value in their natural surroundings. Situated in the stunning Limpopo Province, on the outskirts of Kruger National Park, the work involved in this project is carried out against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty. The overall aim of this project is to engage local school children with the importance of animal and environmental conservation. The project is based in a wildlife orphanage which is home to a number of different injured or orphaned animals that have been rescued. ... Read more >
From £490 excluding flights

Victoria Falls conservation volunteer project, Zimbabwe

Located in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful natural settings in the world, this project is based in the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, on the outskirts of the incredible Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. The aim of the project is to devise and implement sustainable solutions to the many problems facing the conservation of the area’s wildlife. Home to populations of the 'Big Five’, black rhino, and a wealth of other rare and incredible species, the reserve is a hotbed of wildlife activity. Volunteers on this project are actively involved in a number of initiatives which help protect and conserve the reserve’s numerous species. These include the vital black rhino ... Read more >
From £725 excluding flights

Elephant conservation project in Namibia

Become part of an elephant conservation project in the deserts and wilderness regions of Namibia. There are countless conservation tasks to help out with, not least of all the camp cooking. Joining a team of dedicated researchers and conservationists will allow you to understand more about not only the elephants but also the local Namibians who are learning how to live harmoniously with one of the largest animals on earth. Human conflict with elephants, through poaching and farming, has greatly impacted on herd numbers. Although desert elephants in Namibia have become protected, there’s still lots to be done in order to keep populations increasing as well as ensuring their relationship ... Read more >
From £845 excluding flights

Raja Ampat diving project, Indonesia

This truly breathtaking marine paradise of white, sandy beaches and sparkling, turquoise waters is located in the East Indonesia/West Papua region of the coral triangle. Loosely translated as ‘the four kings’, Raja Ampat has the highest known concentration and diversity of marine life on earth within its waters. This marine ecosystem is a major, global priority for ocean conservation and the full extent of its importance as an ecosystem is only now being uncovered. The oceans which surround Raja Ampat contain a staggering 80% of the world’s coral species, which is ten times the number of species found in the entire Caribbean. These include 1350 species of fish, six endangered marine turtle ... Read more >
From £1,095 excluding flights

Mountain gorilla project in Uganda

This award-winning project focuses on the conservation and protection of Uganda’s beautiful mountain gorilla, through the education of local communities who share their environment. Volunteers on this project partake in two gorilla treks (permits included) and a four-day excursion to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This includes tracking wild chimpanzees, joining an unforgettable boat trip on the Kazinga channel to spot hippos and buffalos, and accompanying game-drives, searching for elephants, lions and other African wildlife. Volunteers will also play an active role in reforestation tasks, and in the education of indigenous communities regarding the gorilla’s vital place in the ecosystem. ... Read more >
From £2,995 excluding flights

Amazon conservation project in Peru

Located in the incredible Manu Biosphere Reserve on the Upper Amazon river, this project allows volunteers to become completely immersed in the enchanting environment of the fascinating Peruvian Amazon jungle. The largest and most diverse rainforest in the world, the Amazon is home to a staggering amount of species, flora, and fauna. The Manu National Park is a UNESCO-recognised biosphere and World Heritage Site, replete with incredible wildlife, plant species and indigenous communities. The most notable species to be found here include the jaguar, puma, ocelot, giant otter, giant anteater, giant armadillo, two and three-toed sloth, tapir, capybara and several deer species. There are also ... Read more >
From £1,395 excluding flights

Malawi wildlife conservation holiday

This incredible conservation project is set deep in the heart of beautiful Malawi, and as the only wildlife centre currently providing care for orphaned and injured animals in the country, it is crucial that the in country team get all of the help possible, and that is where you come in! The project is home to around 200 rescued wild animals, and the aim here is to release as many of these animals as possible back into the wild. Volunteers really do help to make this happen, and on this project there are two types of volunteering programme on offer. The first is for any budding conservationists out there, and if this sounds like you then you will be able to assist the animal care team with ... Read more >
From £1,370 excluding flights

Namibia carnivore conservation & research project

Approximately 35% of cheetahs living on the planet can be found in Namibia with practically all of Namibia’s population of cheetahs living beyond the perimeters of the country’s protected conservation areas. This means that cheetahs in Namibia are under constant threat from farmers who view them as a natural predator to livestock. As a consequence, cheetah numbers are falling and if you’re looking to make a difference and take part in a 17 day conservation & research project, right here is where you sign up. The aim of the overall project is to create a safe haven for cheetahs, and other endangered animals, by using a location that was once used for holidays, photography and as a film ... Read more >
From £860 excluding flights

Zululand conservation project

It’s up to you how long you wish to volunteer for – two to twelve weeks – but one thing is for sure, this South African wildlife conservation experience is something that you will never, ever forget. Situated within the Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal province, you’ll be treated to some of South Africa’s most enduring landscapes as well as helping to conserve some of the region’s most endangered animals. From the Big Five to antelope, wild dogs and numerous species of bird, the wilds of Zululand are home to some of the most fantastic animals on earth. By volunteering, not only will you get to observe wildlife, close up, but you’ll also assist conservation teams as they track, monitor and ... Read more >
From £1,195 excluding flights
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