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Voluntourism: Wild Animals

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For animal lovers there are few experiences more rewarding than devoting some vacation time to helping creatures in need. Here we cover voluntourism options at wild animal sanctuaries and zoos around the world, places that are helping animals that cannot survive in the wild. To volunteer with organizations helping save stray dogs around the world, see the Helping Hounds list.
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209/2 Sridom, ซอย ร่วมชัย อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, feed the elephants by hand, learn commands for controlling an elephant, ride bareback through the countryside, and finally spend some time in a small pond bathing your elephant. Baan Chang Elephant...
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Siberian Federal District, Russia
In Land Rovers and on foot, climb Central Asia’s mountains in pursuit of snow leopards. Volunteers search for the elusive green-eyed cats by tracking their footprints, scat, and prey: the argali (mountain sheep) and the Altai ibex. The expeditions...
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South East Asia
This riverside orangutan rehabilitation camp is usually reachable only by boat. For times when the Sekonyer Kanan River runs dry, volunteers are building a 2.5-mile boardwalk to the camp. Workers are often approached by two curious orangutans, a...
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1 Rivier Street, Van Zylsrus, 8467, South Africa
Just south of the Botswana border, in the Kuruman River Reserve, you’ll find meerkats so friendly they occasionally jump on volunteers’ heads. Visitors study the effects of the mammals’ cooperative breeding, in which adults help...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Get your motor runnin' on a popular All Terrain Vehicle adventure tour, an exhilarating way to see the countryside. Cruise rugged trails from the mountains through the dry tropical forest to the beach and back again, visiting small pueblos along...
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The Bahamas
The Exumas are a stunning archipelago of remote islands and cays strung between Nassau and Long Island, and around a dozen of these tiny islands are protected within the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park. Established in 1958 as a...
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Brisbane QLD, Australia

Koalas, koalas, koalas! The world’s first (founded in 1927) and largest koala sanctuary is home to more than 130 of the cuddly creatures—which are actually marsupials, not bears. The naturally landscaped reserve, 12 kilometers (7.5...

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2999 Co Rd 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643, USA
The elevated walkway ascends from the Wild Animal Sanctuary gift shop and orientation point. We step up the inclined path, passing above lazing leopards, tigers and mountain lions below, then continue past a green arrow pointing to the Bolivian...
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Tena, Ecuador
A highlight while staying in the Ecuadorian Amazon was our visit to a private wildlife preserve that also houses an animal rescue center named, appropriately, amaZOOnico. We were lucky enough to get a private tour and learn about their mission to...