Amazing volunteer project in the rainforest. Your chance to climb with capuchin monkeys, walk with feral cats and take care of exotic wild animals.
About the project
It is situated in the Amazonas region and was founded in 1996. At the beginning there were just two spider monkeys, 1 capuchin monkey and one squirrel monkey. Nowadays there are around 500 animals of 30 different species to take care for. You can also find some animals of endangered species in the zoo. The wild park is open to tourists but on a separated part, where the tourists can see rehabilitated animals in the wild. The monkeys horde together and is posible to listen and see them jumping on the top of the trees. The main idea of the zoo is the protection and re-introduction of animals into the wild.
There is a team of veterinaries, scientists and volunteers from all over the world who take care of the animals. Every species gets his specified diet, medical supply if necesary and the socail behavior of each group is observed. Some animals life semi-wild, which means that they can leave their cages to explore freely their natural surroundings.
In this project you will experience unique and intense adventures every day! You will help to maintain the local nature and be an active part of the conservation and protection of nature and wildlife in South America!
Your work tasks
There are different work tasks to do as a volunteer in this project. Your main task will be to play with the animals and give them attention, and to make sure that the environment in the park is as natural as possible. During the day a lot of the animals are dismissed from their enclosures and are accompanied into the wild.
There are four main working areas. Depending on your time and experience you will be allocated in one of the following areas:
For the welfare of the animals some areas of work require minimum period for your participation. All working areas described above also include additional tasks that will be discussed on site with you.
In your free time you can go hiking, see wild animals on safari or do yoga!
As a volunteer in this project you are living a volunteer houses with shared dormitories. The kitchen and the bathrooms (warm water available) are shared. You will share your room with two, max. 4 other volunteers. Each volunteer receives bed clothes,while pillows and mosquito nets are subject to availability. It is recommended to arrive with an own sleeping bag or blanket, as nights can get very cold. Furthermore you also should take a little padlock to close your room during working hours.
The Project provides daily vegetarian lunch. Breakfast or little snacks for the afternoon are available in the Cafeteria for sale. Dinner is self-catering. Either you make your own food in the kitchen or you eat in one of the many restaurants that are located in the nearby village. Vegans or people with allergies should bring some of their ingredients, as there aren’t that much possibilities in the village to buy these special supplies.
Prepare food for animals,feed and clean animals, maintain cages, clear trails, guide tourists
Organize games and activities for the children, Play games, supervise the children during the day
Reforestation, maintenance of trails, carpentry, environmental education, working in the garden, support campaigns and scientific studies
Working with children, organizing a number of games and activities, playing with children, helping with general jobs
Maintanance of bird houses and breeding centres, construction of toys, preparing food.
Support teachers in daily tasks, organization of sports and leisure activities, taking care of babies and children