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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.

9 Answers

top answer by
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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answered by
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.

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answered first by
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:

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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answered by
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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answered by
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!


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answered by
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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answered by
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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answered by
Rodolfo from Puntarenas

In the Santuario de lapas NATUWA, Costa Rica.

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