Wildlife Sanctuary Worker
Prepare food for the animals, cleaning cages, general maintenance of the house and grounds
This volunteer project is based at a wild life center located between Ascensión de Guarayos and Trinidad, near the village of Santa María. Some of the surrounding areas of these center have suffered from serious deforestation to the unsustainable slash-and-burn agricultural techniques practiced by local farmers. A serious fire risk on the surrounding areas of the project, force many free wild animals to seek refuge in the project area. Thanks to the early efforts of volunteers in 1996, Bolivian and foreign alike, the center has grown to include more than 800 hectares of land and is now home to dozens of animals.
The center has a number of threatened species within the park which includes tapirs, tortoises and birds. The center also specializes in caring for howler monkeys, a variety of bird species and wild felines, including ocelots, pumas and jaguars. The majority of the felines are kept in large enclosures. Following strict safety regulations some can walk the grounds throughout the day by themselves.
Aside from general assignments like cleaning the enclosures and preparing food for the animals, also other areas that are in need of help from the volunteers.
There are different areas volunteers can work in such as:
- The animal refugee centre, where you will be responsible for the care of tapirs, pekaris (a boar species) and exotic birds like toucans, macaws, nandus (a South American cursorial bird) and parrots.
- The quarantine area where they nurse sick animals back to health young animals and pups that arrive at the center need extra care and attention from the volunteers.
- There are also roles in construction duties. Concerning construction work can include the restauration and expansion of cages or the maintenance of the centers facilities and pathways.
Caring for howler monekys and other exotic animals the duties include feeding and playing with them. There are no boundaries to your creativity, new ideas for toys are always welcome
Working with wild felines such as cougars and jaguars a volunteer, you will be assigned to take care of these wonderful animals. Depending on the season, you may either be responsible for up to three felines.
You need to speak
at High School level
Your helping hand will be required on
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
In this volunteer project you will have lots of different activities to choose from such as sports with other workers or going on hikes looking at the amazing nature park, there is also a town 45 minutes away by bus with internet cafes.