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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

Wildlife conservation holiday in India

This voluntour takes in some of central India's most iconic and beloved attractions, along with visits to the incredible 'Agra Bear Sanctuary' (the world's largest sanctuary for sloth bears), the Mathura Elephant Rescue Centre, and the community initiatives 'Dhonk' and the 'Moghiya Hostel' - both founded in conjunction with 'Tiger Watch'. On arrival, you will be able to sample the delights of India's capital: the bustling metropolis of Dehli. Afterwards, head to Agra and to one of the world's most iconic buildings: the Taj Mahal. This stunning building really lives up to the hype: make sure you bring your camera! Just outside of Agra lies the 'Agra Bear Sanctuary' - the world's largest ... Read more >
From £1,995 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

Costa Rica wildlife conservation

This incredible conservation project is set deep in the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest and it has an extremely inspiring backstory. Back in 1999, two young girls had a vision to save the rainforest, and little by little they managed to bring that vision to life. The dynamic duo began by selling small arts and crafts pieces at the side of the road to raise money to protect the rainforest, and eventually, all of their hard work paid off and their makeshift shop expanded. Ultimately, the pair's passion for protecting the rainforest shone through and the project continued to grow into the sanctuary that it is today, now helping over 200 local and in-need animals, including sloths, birds, ... Read more >
From £803 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

Borneo wildlife volunteer project

This project allows you to venture into the lush rainforests of Sabah, in search of wild orangutans and the rare pygmy elephant. Observe the awe-inspiring biodiversity of the protected 'Corridor of Life', a vitally important region intent on creating a balance between the indigenous communities, their wildlife, and land-development activities. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the jungle, and take part in important reforestation activities in the hopes of securing a future for the endangered animals that reside here. For much of the project's duration, volunteers will have the unique opportunity to stay with an indigenous community in the rural village of Sukau. Here, you will ... Read more >
From £1,195 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

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

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

Husky Safari & the Aurora Borealis, Finland

This incredible 8 day tour is the perfect introduction to the wide variety of wildlife and sights that are on offer in Finland.The Finnish landscape is one that is wild and untamed and as a result it offers spectacular views and is home to some of the most beautiful animals in the world. On this trip you will be able to experience a husky led sled tour of the wilderness, seeing predators from the safety of an animal hide and hopefully witness the majesty of the Northern Lights from your own private lakeside cabin. You will see Finland at its spectacular best as the snow-covered landscape brings out the wildlife and makes the country shimmer in a light that is very rarely seen by ... Read more >
From £1,895 excluding flights

Costa Rica turtle conservation experience

Decide the duration of your stay, from one to 12 weeks, and then volunteer to assist a team of local people and scientists as they aim to promote sustainable tourism around the Reserva Playa Tortuga research institute in Costa Rica. Creating an environmental conservation culture within the local communities is just as important as promoting Costa Rica’s wildlife watching potential to responsible travellers from around the globe. Situated on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, you’ll instantly become enveloped within the natural world of Central America where four different types of turtle are known to nest. Working with scientists, conservationists and local people, as well as NGO’s and ... Read more >
From £511 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

Wildlife conservation holiday in Finland

A truly unique opportunity, this eight-day tour allows groups and families to explore the un-spoilt wilderness of this stunning area of Finland, and to witness some of its most iconic and fascinating wildlife. The tour includes a stay at the husky-base, working and trekking with the team’s beautiful pack of huskies. Groups will also participate in forest walks, on the trail of the region’s bear, wolf and wolverine populations. Animal conservation exercises are a major part of the tour, whereby groups will assist with wildlife initiatives, including the construction of bird and flying squirrel boxes, to encourage populations of these animals to nest in the area. Groups will also experience ... Read more >
From £1,395 excluding flights

Whale Shark conservation holiday in Tanzania

This exciting and varied programme provides a unique opportunity to interact with magnificent whale sharks on a daily basis, simultaneously gaining valuable skills and experience in both marine conservation and the responsible tourism industry. During the project, volunteers will have the exciting opportunities to: - Help plan and execute daily whale shark tourism excursions: This will be one of the principal activities which you will be involved with whilst at this eye opening conservation project. Whilst at sea, volunteers will be deployed on tourist boats on a rotational basis or conduct vital marine research. - Manage tourist participation in the global spot photo ID project: You ... Read more >
From £1,305 excluding flights

South Africa volunteering with the big five

Situated in South Africa's beautiful Eastern Cape, this incredible conservation project offers volunteers the chance to witness the legendary 'Big Five' in their endemic home. Buffalo, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, and elephants all can be found roaming this project's 10,000 hectares, ambling through vast terrains and along the winding rivers. As a volunteer, you will be expected to get hands-on in the running of the reserve, essentially assuming the role of an 'assistant conservation manager.' Get involved with game capture of the 'Big Five' animals, take part in elephant impact monitoring, and possibly work towards animal relocation (if necessary at the time of your visit.) Your efforts in ... Read more >
From £475 excluding flights

Tiger conservation project in India

This project is situated inside the prestigious Kanha National Park, renowned as one of the best locations to witness Bengal tigers in the world. Kanha tiger reserve is a spectacular setting for any visitor – a picturesque blend of Sal forest, meadows and open water that famously provided Kipling with inspiration for The Jungle Book. It is home not only to a significant population of tigers, but a myriad of bird species, leopards and much more. It is the perfect setting to play a part in Tiger conservation efforts and help these endangered animals in their own incredibly picturesque natural habitat. In addition to walking and vehicle-based safaris, you will take part in all manner of tiger ... Read more >
From £2,995 excluding flights

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
Late availability available on travel in: May, June, July and August

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 £645 excluding flights
Late availability available on travel in: May, June, July and August

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
Late availability available on travel in: May, June, July and August

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
Late availability available on travel in: May, June, July and August
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