Program Details

  • Program Type: Volunteer
  • Location: Australia
  • Starting Price: EUR 1,650.00
Australia

You’ll help with animal care and maintenance in sanctuaries in Queensland and Victoria

 
Need Help?

These projects rely on volunteer resources and project fees, donations, sponsors and grants to afford medical costs, food and enclosures for the sick, injured and orphaned animals brought in for care. Without volunteer and this assistance, they could not operate.

Animal Sanctuaries

Far North Queensland Wildlife Shelter

The rescue center originated because there was more that needed to be done to preserve Australia’s native species, rapidly becoming endangered or extinct. The founder seeks to ensure the rescue and care of all Australian animals that need assistance.Since 1987, the number of rescued animals through the center has increased from 40 to over 1200 birds and animals received each year. The center now operates a wildlife hospital, rescue and rehabilitation shelter.

Animals are released when they are healthy and able to survive in the wild. For those animals that cannot be released, the shelter becomes their home. 

Animals include kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, snakes, gliders and possums. 

Birds treated include cockatiels, cockatoos, kookaburras, owls, frogmouths, galahs, kingfishers, parrots, lorikeets and rosellas. The center is also a licensed birds of prey rescue and rehabilitation center with a 30 meter eagle aviary and enclosures for other birds of prey such as falcons, goshawks and kites. 

The center recently added an education center which aims to educate communities in the importance of Australia’s Flora and Fauna.

Far North Queensland Australian Birds of Prey

The wildlife shelter operates a licensed rescue, rehabilitation and release program for a wide variety of birds that arrive at the shelter, including Australian birds of prey.Birds of prey, also known as raptors, hunt and feed on other animals. They are characterised by keen vision and sharp talons and beaks.

 The birds of prey cared for at the centre include eagles, falcons, goshawks and kites.Additionally, there are other birds requiring care include cockatiels, cockatoos, kookaburras, owls, frogmouths, galahs, kingfishers, parrots, lorikeets and rosellas. 

Birds are released when they are healthy and able to survive in the wild. For those animals that cannot be released, the shelter becomes their home.

The shelter is also home to kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, gliders and possums and since 1987, the number of rescued animals through the centre has increased from 40 to over 1200 birds and animals received each year.

Rainforest Bat Rehabilitation, Queensland

The centre works for the conservation of bats and their habitat as poor public attitudes towards flying foxes and habitat loss are the root causes of many problems facing bat conservation. All four species of Australian flying foxes are in permanent care as well as tube-nosed bats and microbats.

Objectives of the Bat Rehabilitation center :

  • rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing hundreds of bats every year
  • providing a lifetime sanctuary for bats that are too severely injured to return to the wild or have been retired from zoos
  • educating the public about bats through schools and the onsite Visitor Centre
  • habitat restoration work at 2 bat colonies
  • facilitating research into flying foxes by various universities and government bodies
  • advocating for bats

Australian Forest Wildlife Shelter, Victoria

Every year, hundreds of thousands of native animals are injured, orphaned or become sick, often because of interaction with people or pets. 

This wildlife shelter in country Australia is one of the largest unsupported privately owned wildlife shelters in Australia and for more than 30 years, it has rescued and rehabilitated sick, injured and orphaned native Australian wildlife and loved them back to health to be returned to the natural environment.

 Since it receives no recurrent funding from governments, the shelter relies on the contribution of volunteers and donations from the public to keep it running.

Your Contribution

Volunteers play a key role in wildlife rescue and care. Not only will you be learning new skills and helping animals in need, you will make new friends from around the world and will create an enriching experience for yourself.

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Included

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Transfers from the airport, bus or train station to the project
  • On the job training
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending

Terms and conditions for volunteers

  • Up to date CV/ resume
  • Copy of return flight itinerary
  • Police clearance
  • Basic level of English; understanding and speaking
  • Rabies vaccination compulsory
  • Acceptance subject to availability of position

Payment & Cancellation

The volunteer will need to pay a deposit at the time of booking. The balance of your booking must be paid no later than 90 days prior to the start date of the placement. In the case of late payments, a $50 AUD late fee will be payable. If the booking is made less than 90 days before the start date of the placement, full payment must be made on booking. No late fee will be incurred in this instance.

You may cancel your booking at any time providing that the cancellation is made in writing and in English. Notice of cancellation will be effective upon receipt of your written communication.

From the time the contract is confirmed charges may be incurred and therefore we will retain your deposit to cover these costs.

Additionally the following cancellation charges will apply as shown below.

Where written notification of the cancellation is received: 
- on or before 90 days prior to the start date of the placement: loss of original deposit
- less than 90 days prior to the start date of the placement : 100% of the project cost.

Where written notification of the cancellation is not received : 100% of the project cost.

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