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Nurit from Israel asked

Best places to volunteer with animals around the world

What is the best place for volunteering to work with wild animals in the world?

I have about 2-3 weeks in February/March.

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Justin from Phoenix

The Best Friends Animal Society would be good. They have domesticated animals and some wild ones. I have a blog post about it if you want some photos and details. 

The nearby scenery is pretty awesome, too.


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Ernst from Long Island (New York)

Volunteers are needed during the loggerhead turtle nesting season—from late November to March every year at Mon Repos Walking Track
near Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia. The link below has contact info to find out more.

https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/threatened-species-week/south-east-queensland.html#loggerhead_turtle


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Karen
I'm heading to Brisbane in late January - this is perfect! Thanks!
 
 
 

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Kate from Ohio

I have never done this but my cousin volunteered at The Rhino Orphanage rhino orphanage in South Africa and has some amazing pictures/experiences.


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Sanne from Spain

I would recommend the ARCAS Wildlife Rescue Center in Peten in Peten, Guatemala.

It's been a few years since I was there but I loved it: their wildlife protection program is very good and their remote location is beautiful.

Check out their website for more information: http://www.arcasguatemala.com/

Guatemala is also a great country so if you would like to combine volunteer work with some traveling that would work very well in Guatemala.


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Debbie
I just looked at the site. ARCAS looks awesome!
 
 
 

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Kat from Brooklyn

My two recommends are the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - Elephant Orphanage near Karen in Nairobi as well as the Marakele Predator Park in Thabazimbi, South Africa.  Both great organizations doing excellent work.


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Rocio from Costa Rica

There is a very nice place In Puerto Limon ! Costa Ricacalled Sloth Sanctuary. I would say this is THE perfect place to volunteer with animals. Check it out on internet!

saludos!


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Rae-
I believe they no longer take volunteers there :(
 

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Rocio
I just checked with the Sloth Sanctuary and they confirmed they closed the volunteering programs so far to move into strictly controlled research. Thanks for the comment.
 

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Debbie
Aw, that's too bad. These baby sloths are too cute!
 
 
 

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Nardine from Tamworth (England)

Check out Earthwatch.

I worked on a hippo sanctuary in Ghana on the Black Volta river a few years back.

They have lots of what the call "Expeditions" and not just with animals.


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Ashley from Calgary

I went to Costa Rica with a group who did Sea Turtle conservation projects. That's a big one in CR. 


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Rodolfo from Puntarenas

In the Santuario de lapas NATUWA, Costa Rica.



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