Rehabilitate Abused Wild
Mustang Horses in Florida
This is a project with a huge heart. You'll
assist in a Centre that rescues mustangs that would have
been put to death. The horses (who are often close to death
when they reach the Centre), are nursed back to health and
then trained with positive reinforcement and love to become
traumatised horses must spend time with lots of different
people, to learn that not all people are bad! This is
critical in order for them to be adopted into homes where
they'll be well looked after for the rest of their lives.
Monkey and Primate Rescue and Rehabilitation near Cordoba
This project has three main aims – to
rescue, rehabilitate and eventually release the monkeys back into
the wild, so that they are self-sufficient.
The monkeys are often in a terrible
condition. Many are malnourished and unable to fend for
themselves after being separated from their mother.
assist in helping to rehabilitate the monkeys,
including the orphaned babies, with the objective of one day
being able to release them back into the wild to live a
natural, happy life.
Animal Care in a Rehabilitation Centre in Perth
Help all types of animals throughout the whole of
Perth. You'll work at the Rehabilitation Centre, as well as
on various different projects throughout the city in
locations that enable you to travel around Perth. These can
range from a national park, to the river or coast, from
Wetlands, beaches and possibly Perth Zoo, to working in
schools or in an urban park.
Dolphins in Bunbury, Western Australia
Contribute to the
well-being of dolphins in
an idyllic setting at a non-profit Centre committed to
dolphin research, education, conservation and tourism. The
Centre enables people to interact with Bottlenose dolphins
in a variety of ways.
There are up to 100 dolphins
living in the Bay and groups of them regularly visit the
shallow waters in front of the Centre.
The project runs from 1 October to 31 May every year.
Conservation in a Wildlife Park in Bunbury
You'll work with animals,
birds, plants, ecosystems, tourism and more, in an organisation that
is dedicated to conserving Australia’s threatened wildlife
and ecosystems - it's an immensely worthwhile project with a
very high level of personal satisfaction!
The Wildlife Park
is a community-based volunteer-run organisation offering a
Native Animal based experience, grounds keeping experience,
retail/tourism experience, or a combination to suit your
Combination: Two Wildlife Project in Two Different Locations
Get the most out of your
Aussie Conservation experience by working in two
wildlife centres in two different locations in Western
Help all types of animals throughout the
whole of Perth. You'll work at the Rehabilitation
Centre as well as on various different
projects throughout the city. These can range from a national
park, to the river or coast, from Wetlands, beaches and possibly Perth
Zoo, to working in schools or in an urban park.
Work in a Wildlife Park in Bunbury, a beautiful town on the coast south of Perth that has over 60 varieties of Australian birds and
marsupials. Popular activities in the Park are hand-feeding the free range
kangaroos that roam freely around the Park and entering the large
free-flight aviary to hand-feed the parrots!
Temple Conservation and Restoration in Cambodia:
The secret and hidden area of Banteay
Meanchey contains some of Cambodia's best kept secrets, the
ancient temples of Banteay Chhmar. These massive temples are widely
regarded as some of the most important archaeological complexities of
the Angkor period.
On this project you be working with a
local team to assist in the renovation and preservation of the
Galapagos Islands Conservation, Reforestation and Community
Help preserve the native and
endemic forests of San Cristobal Island. This project combines environmental, community and social
initiatives to improve the sustainability of the islands. Plus, it’s loads
The Centre is popular with international volunteers and
there is loads going on, from horse-riding therapy, to
wandering giant tortoises, to reforestation work, to
coaching football to local kids. And you can jump on a bike
and head down the mountain into the local town for even more
Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release in the
Help a Quechua family-run Centre to rescue,
rehabilitate and, where possible, release wild animals in
the fight again trafficking, abuse and hunting of wild
You'll work with a Foundation
dedicated to caring for animals that have nowhere else to
go. Some are orphans because their parents were killed by
hunters, others were rescued from animal dealers, and others
were rescued from people who kept them in small cages!
Orang-Utan Rehabilitation & Conservation Project
astonishingly gentle, highly intelligent and they gaze at
you with almost disconcerting frankness! At Sepilok you'll work with these gentle red apes in their natural environment.
work with Sun Bears at Sepilok, another endangered but less
well-known species in Borneo.
Learn about managing juvenile Orang-Utans in the
Learn about managing baby Orang-Utans in the
Indoor Nursery / Clinic.
Conduct a Field Survey on the Orang-Utan population
And so much more!
This project is extremely popular and gets
booked up very quickly, so we strongly advise that you book early!
Animals at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
Up close and personal
with Borneo's native wildlife:
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is Borneo's newest attraction and home
to many of Sabah's native and threatened species.This excellent project is all about
caring - caring for animals, caring about conservation,
species survival, and caring about educating children and adults
in how to treat animals.
The native species at the
Park include Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy
Elephants (including two very charming baby Elephants) and a
Pygmy Rhino. Also Tigers, a Clouded Leopard, Gibbons,
Otters, Sun Bears, Giant Tortoise, Mouse Deer, Ostrich,
Civets and an Aviary with talking birds.
This is a multi-activity project where you'll benefit
from the training components and actively assist in the
environmental monitoring study at multiple locations. As you stay
longer, you will take on increasing levels of data collection and
project management responsibilities. Some adventure activities are
You arrive in the ancient Inca city of Cusco and then
travel to your project through the High Andes where you’ll
learn about the Cloud Forest. Then you descend into the
Amazon via motorised canoe down the Madre de Dios River. The
journey to the project is spectacular, an exciting adventure
Dolphin Monitoring And Research in Knysna in South Africa
Marine Research programme will expose
you to all aspects of this exciting industry, from conservation
and research of Whales and Dolphins,
to all other aspects of the day-to-day running,
including marketing, liaising with clients, crewing and guiding on
the boats, doing land-to-sea observations/spotting, assisting with
community projects and educating the local children about the sea
Rehabilitation and Release in KwaZulu-Natal
Up close and personal with Vervet Monkeys and many other
wildlife and birds, most of whom have been injured
The best cage is an empty
cage! You'll work with over 400 different animals and
birds, and lots of monkeys! Much of the work usually
involves hands-on caring and nursing of injured or baby
animals, e.g. bottle-feeding them or cleaning wounds. You'll
mother it and care for it until it is recovered or old
enough. Then you'll teach it to survive on its own so that
it can be released back into the wild!
for Animals in a Wildlife Sanctuary near Port Elizabeth
Hands-on work with
injured or abandoned animals of all types. You'll assist in a very caring
Sanctuary set in a small private game reserve in the Eastern
Cape. You'll assist in
hand-rearing, feeding and generally looking after many
different animal species, including over 250 different
species of birds.
The sanctuary receives many abandoned,
abused, injured or orphaned animals that all need love and
attention to prepare them for life back in the wild, if
possible, or a safe life in the Sanctuary. Many animals
breed there, so there are often young animals to care for
that need regular feeding and attention. This is a very
hands-on experience and one that leaves you immensely
Predator Conservation on a Game Reserve in Limpopo
Help conserve Cheetahs and other predators in their natural
environment. You'll live on a Game Reserve, in a delightful
You'll learn a great deal. You'll be given training in how
to practically assist and will work closely with the field
staff to really make a difference. The main aspects include
tracking and monitoring predators, researching and
collecting data, and assisting on the Roan and Sable
You may also research and monitor Buffalo habituation. You'll experience night
safaris (an unbelievable experience!) and will work in the bush almost
every day of the project.
Rhino and Elephant Conservation and Anti-Poaching on a Game Reserve in Northern South Africa
Help conserve Rhino and Elephants in their natural
environment. You'll live on a Game Reserve, in a delightful
bush camp where you get up close and personal with the
animals. You'll be involved with tracking, monitoring and
researching Rhino and Elephants. You'll also be involved in
night safaris, Reserve management and conservation efforts
of a number of other, different species
Zululand Wildlife and Game Reserve Conservation Expedition
four very different Game Reserves, each
with their own unique beauty and attraction. You'll gain a wealth
of conservation knowledge and experience working under qualified
conservation experts and on location out in the bush.
You'll experience Africa in a way that no mere tourist can!
The Zululand Wildlife Conservation Expedition is completely unique.
You'll get involved with some of the most exciting, endangered and
priority species conservation work in the heart of Africa.
You'll work across different Game Reserves, each unique.
You'll work with a professional team (supported by WWF) and with endangered species like the
Cheetah, African Wild Dog and Black Rhino, and priority species like Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard
This project is extremely popular and gets
booked up very quickly, so we strongly advise that you book early!
Vervet Monkey Care, Rehabilitation and Release in Vryheid,
Help to care for, rehabilitate and release injured and abandoned Vervet
Monkeys back into the wild to live a free and natural life.
This is a wonderful project that encompasses all aspects of Vervet
Monkey Rehabilitation and Conservation ... not to be missed!
You'll work with a Non-Profit Organisation that specialises in the
care, rehabilitation & return to the wild of Vervet Monkeys that
have been injured, orphaned or displaced, usually as a result of
actions on the part of people
Wildlife Veterinary Medicine Internship on a Game Reserve in
This is a rare and unique opportunity to gain hands-on veterinary
experience with wild animals on a Game Reserve in northern
South Africa! This is a fantastic placement with a wide range of
situations that you'll deal with, across a few Game Reserves. You'll
shadow the vet and you'll learn an unbelievable amount!
This placement is the perfect environment
for students studying veterinary medicine or an associated career path,
or people who have qualified, to gain unusual and rare experience. This
project would also provide unqualified animal lovers with an experience
you will never forget.
Game Ranger Field
Guide Training Course, Located on a 5-Star Game Reserve
Train to be an accredited Ranger Field Guide! Located on a
5-Star Game Reserve in the heart of Big 5 country in South Africa.
You'll achieve the
FGASA level 1 Certificate.
On this 60-day training course, you'll learn about Animal Behaviour, Astronomy, First Aid, Hospitality,
the flora and fauna of South Africa, and much
more. You'll follow theoretical courses in a classroom and go on daily
expeditions in the field to put in practice all you have learned.
Big Cat Sanctuary Conservation near Bethlehem
Volunteer with the king of the beasts and other big cats in
South Africa's largest Lion Sanctuary,
restore the dignity stripped from them in cruel
captivity. The sanctuary is home to other big cats and Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Springbok
and many more.
You'll contribute to valuable
rescue and rehabilitation work and also carry out
research into the behaviour and interactions of Lions within
a group and between neighbouring Lion groups.
Elephant Experience at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
This renowned Orphanage provides care and shelter for around 80 elephants that are
either too old to work, have been abused, or have been found abandoned. This is an elephant
experience rather than conservation.
Visitors from all over the world come to see the 80+ elephants
that live there,
including some small babies who have been born into the herd. The daily highlight is the walk from the Orphanage
down to the river to bathe the elephants. It's amazing to watch an entire herd splashing around and rolling in the river, just a few feet in
front of you!
"This project is fabulous and if you love elephants, like me - book.
Seriously, BOOK NOW!"
Animals and Wildlife at Colombo Zoo
Assist in trying to raise the quality of life of the animals
by improving the enclosures and keeping the animals mentally
stimulated. The Zoo has a large variety of animals. Some of
your work involves cleaning
out the animal cages so that they're kept comfortable and healthy.
This usually takes place between 7.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m., before the
Zoo opens, plus cleaning and
feeding the primates, washing down the
enclosures and refilling the animals' baths, feeding some of the animals.
and Wildlife Conservation in Wasgamuwa National Park
Help conserve the Elephants and other wildlife of Sri Lanka
in Wasgamuwa National Park.
The main aim
of thise project is to "save elephants, other biodiversity and
their habitats by helping people". If you
want to go back to the very basics, in a stunningly beautiful part of
the world, helping local people and the local wildlife, this project is
perfect for you.
You’ll do work that is really valued and that
makes a significant difference to people’s lives.
And the location is
The activities on this project are diverse - one moment you could be observing elephants
overnight in a tree-house, and the next you could be helping to reduce
human-elephant conflict within the national park.
Care for Rescued Elephants in an Elephant
Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi
This project takes care of rescued and
sick elephants. The main focus is to care for the elephants. You'll
enjoy working hands-on and swimming with the elephants, whilst also
preparing food and making sure the elephants are living in a
The focus of the
project is re-locating elephants that have been
rescued. Many of these elephants were injured,
sick or unable to survive in their previous
locations, They are taken to the Sanctuary where
they are cared for.
Elephants in Surin
Work hands-on with elephants, giving them lots of care, and
also be helping to improve the living conditions of captive
elephants in Thailand.
You'll work very hands-on with 12 elephants, but you'll be surrounded by up to 200
elephants. The experience of being in the middle of such a huge number of these
majestic creatures is awesome!
The project is based in Surin City approx 7 hours
drive North-East of Bangkok. This project includes a one night stay in a hotel in Bangkok on arrival, plus
transfers to and from the project.
Walk with Lions:
Lion Breeding, Research, Rehabilitation and Release near
Extremely close encounters with Lions! The
location is close to the famous Victoria Falls. This
is a unique project where you can take lions for a walk through a Game
Reserve - an unbelievable experience!
Your work will
assist in helping this project to continue and, over the long term, will
also hopefully contribute to preventing the decrease in the lion
population in Africa.
Walk with Lions:
Lion Breeding, Research, Rehabilitation and Release in Gweru
or Victoria Falls
Choose from two different locations, Gweru or Victoria
Falls. On both projects you'll get up close and personal
with lion cubs - this is hands-on work in the true sense, set in a
wonderful environment on a Game Reserve.
You'll work on the world’s leading programme for the
release of lions back into the wild. You'll walk alongside lions as part of the pride and
enjoy the exhilaration of being part of a hunt as the young cubs
learn to stalk their prey. And more, you'll experience the African bush in a very special
way. You will be actively involved in a number of conservation
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"This has been a dream of mine
since I was a little girl to have such contact and involvement with
elephants. The best bit has to be sitting with the mahouts at the water's
edge with Saboo a female elephant standing over me lapping up the
attention. She loves the roof of her mouth to be tickled!"
ABOUT CONSERVATION WORK
Play a meaningful role in helping to preserve threatened
and endangered species.
You don’t need
any qualifications, just a love of animals and nature. You can help in
many, many ways, for example, by making a hammock for a monkey in captivity or sitting in a
hide in the bush observing the behaviours of the elusive leopard. Your
involve washing an orphaned elephant under palm trees or walking the
African plains with baby lion cubs to help prepare them for eventual
With around 25
very different conservation projects around the world, and over 11 years
of experience, Travellers can help you to make a direct and immediate
difference. Our projects are situated around Africa, Asia and South
America, and the
variety of projects is vast. You may want to work hands-on in
rehabilitation work such as with Orang-Utans in Borneo’s rainforests, or
you may want to learn the survival skills of the bush and get involved in
important conservation research. You might instead want to don some
flippers and head under the sea to explore precious marine life species.
The choice is
the hardest bit! You can work with monkeys,
elephants, horses, apes, crocodiles, frogs, plants, dolphins, the great
white shark, leopards, rhino, tortoise, coral, reptiles, birds, fish and,
well, pretty much any species you’re interested in - exciting stuff!!
The type of work varies
depending on the project and country you choose. We have projects which
include aspects of the following: interaction & play, field research,
safaris, washing, feeding, preparing food, observation, night watches,
creative psychological stimulation for the animals, cleaning duties,
enrichment projects, releases into the wild, diving, trekking, darting,
learning, educating, photographing, building, painting and much more
depending on the requirements of the project.
Whatever you find
yourself doing, it will be worthwhile and satisfying. The consequence of
your contribution, the bond you develop with nature and the memories that
you’ll take home with you, are immeasurable and they last a lifetime. Make
a difference - get involved!
CONSERVATION MATTERS… NOW!
Travellers appreciate the urgent need to
educate the people of today about our world’s endangered species and
eco-systems. The people who need educating on the importance of conservation
are consumers in the Western world, the local people who live close to
wildlife, and local authorities and councils who have the power to protect
their immediate environment but not the knowledge of how sacred our
endangered species are.
We are actively involved in many important
conservation initiatives around the world. We believe that protecting our
animal species and our planet is of vital necessity. Taking action and
increasing awareness now is necessary for our future generations. If action
is not taken immediately, the repercussions in a generation or two will be
cause for global emergency. By then, however, all of nature’s precious
resources will have been used up, destroyed by the fundamental problem of
human greed and a critical lack of awareness.
According to the World Conservation Union (IUCN),
15,589 species of animals and plants are threatened with extinction and many
ecosystems – wetlands, forests – are being degraded and destroyed…
The World Conservation Union, along with its
affiliates, is vigorously promoting scientific research into eco-systems.
What is needed urgently, however, is to spread awareness and to educate the
world. There is no better way to do this than to send motivated and
conscientious people like YOU out into the wilderness to absorb and
appreciate nature at its most glorious, and at it’s most vulnerable.
Travellers promotes and enables first-hand experience and education of
conservation issues for everyone and anyone who cares. Creating interest and
an awareness of conservation amongst people is critical… as critical as the
hands on help in research, rehabilitation and animal welfare development
that you physically provide on these placements.
TRAVELLERS' CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD
Identifying worthwhile conservation work around the
world that requires hands on assistance and/or funding assistance
Implementing conservation projects around the world
Continuously monitoring the work to ensure that it
provides adequate support, structure, comfort and satisfaction for the
Continuously seeking to ensure future development of a
Providing structured and safe conservation projects for
inexperienced volunteers with an interest in conservation
Marketing these opportunities to make people aware of
how they can help despite time or money restrictions
Recruiting self-funding volunteers from around the
Providing and arranging the opportunity of short-term
work in established conservation roles for paying volunteers (meaning no
cost at all to the projects, because their funds are limited and need to
be retained for purely conservation aims)
Ensuring valuable, worthwhile work that develops the
volunteer, the animals and the local community (a win-win-win situation!)
The Phil Perkes Trust, established
to honour Phil Perkes', Travellers' Co-Founder whose wish was to
help the less advantaged, provides valuable funding towards meaningful
projects in conservation for each and every volunteer that does a
Just some of Travellers donations to worthy conservation
causes (see also Making a Difference) include:
Supporting the staff and the work of the Endangered
Species project in South Africa during a financially troubled time in
order to continue its valuable research into endangered species in Africa
and allowing volunteers to continue to help with this crucial work. - It’s
the little things that matter.
Continuous donations per volunteer to Sepilok’s
Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo, plus additional donations to
the Orang-Utan Appeal
Enabling research and education by sponsoring the
Director + team of Sri Lanka’s Zoo to attend an international symposium in
the UK on zoological enrichment.
Funding the medical care programme for all the staff at
Difference... Get involved!