Wildlife & Animal Conservation Volunteer Projects

If you love animals or is an aspiring conservationist who loves the wild and is passionate about the environment these animal conservation volunteer programs are perfect for you.The wildlife protection volunteer work ranges from Elephant Care – India, Nepal and Thailand, Sea Turtle protection – Costa Rica to Big Five Game Protection and working with Vervet Monkeys – South Africa, among others.

Destinations for Animal Conservation

Volunteer coordinator measures a giant turtle in an Animal Conservation ProjectAnimal Conservation Volunteer Programs – Overview

Have ever wanted to help ensure the most renowned wildlife species continue to thrive outside of captivity, if so then this project is for you! The wildlife & animal conservation volunteer projects are an umbrella for everything to do with protecting the health of the incredible wildlife that is hugely vulnerable to harm by human activity.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to live in sanctuaries where they will help around in daily activities and field activities, as well as study and monitor native and endangered animals. A big part of this project is to accept that working alongside wild animals isn’t going to be like babysitting. Volunteers will get up close to the wilderness in their most natural states and will get to immerse themselves into real conservation efforts.

Highlights for Animal Conservation Volunteers:

Save the Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Paige volunteering with the Sea Turtles in Costa Rica
Paige working with turtles

Volunteer in Costa Rica to save sea turtles in this paradisiac community on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a wonderful opportunity to help protect these endangered species. You will see giant female sea turtles nesting on the beach and baby turtles crawling out of their nests in the sand towards the ocean. It is an exciting opportunity to help a town that relies on its sea turtle population and to contribute to the growth and success of this grassroots conservation project.

I had a fantastic time in Costa Rica with the turtles and I met many people and created memories I will never forget. I definitely recommend Iko Poran and the Sea Turtle experience in Costa Rica and I cannot wait until I volunteer with them again. Pura Vida!
– Paige, 19 years old,

Find out more about working with the sea turtles in Costa Rica

Big Cat Volunteering in South Africa

If you choose to join this animal conservation project in South Africa you will be working for a non- profit organization fueled by passion and love for these exploited animals. The population of big cats in South Africa is being threatened by a high presence of bone trade and canned hunting, and poachers who hunt them for sport. They have also traditionally fallen victim to exploitation in captivity and face a constant and rapid loss of habitat as the land gets developed.

Find out more about volunteering with big cats in South Africa.

Save the Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

Gijs van Suijlichem - Volunteer in South Africa
Gijs van Suijlichem

Join the family at this amazing primate sanctuary. At this special initiative, orphaned primates come from near and far and are given a loving home where they are rehabilitated and cared for until they can be released back into the wild.

With over 500 cheeky monkeys in care at any one time, this sanctuary always needs an extra pair of helping hands. Your participation will help to ensure they are all well fed, cared for and loved; and will help raise funds to maintain the place up to scratch for its gorgeous guests. his is an incredible option for those who go bananas for animals as you will get the chance to work hands on, under the guidance of experienced professionals, with the monkeys. At other times you will be helping to carry out all the back-stage tasks which really ensure the monkeys’ wellbeing.

At the same time you will get to experience the amazing wildlife in the African bush. Make friends you will remember forever – some furry and some a little less so.

“I’m having a wonderful time here and there is nothing that I don’t like.”
Gijs van Suijlichem

Find out more about volunteer work with the vervet monkeys in South Africa

Volunteer with Elephants in India

This project is located in the Amber region of Jaipur district of Rajasthan state. The Project has around 50 female Elephants & 02 male Elephants. The Elephants have their owners who brought them from different places to use them in riding the tourists in nearby Amber Fort (A World heritage site). The Elephants are taking care by their mahouts (The employees of owners). The mahouts are living with their families on the project site. The project site is famously named the ‘Elephant Village’. The land and buildings to keep Elephants and shelter to mahout’s families has been given by the Government of Rajasthan.

Find out more about volunteering with elephants in India

Big Five Conservation Project in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa monitoring a researching South Africa’s Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, white & black rhino, and hyenas. You will be heavily involved in important conservation work to make sure the animals are healthy and the land is well balanced.

Your days will be spent tracking, spotting, recording and observing the movements and behavior of these African animals. The data you collect will be used to create files on the animals and monthly reports which will be analyzed and monitored by the park coordinators.

Find out more about volunteer work with Big Five Conservation in South Africa

Big Five Monitoring in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa monitoring a researching South Africa’s Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, white & black rhino, and hyenas. You will be heavily involved in important conservation work to make sure the animals are healthy and the land is well balanced.

Learn more about volunteering with Big Five Monitoring in South Africa

Great White Shark – Marine Conservation Project in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa in our marine conservation project.

Today the population of sharks worldwide is under threat. This is your opportunity to play a vital role in helping to monitor and conserve one of the most incredible creatures of the marine world, the Great White Shark.

You will be working alongside marine biologists researching and observing these magnificent predators and their environment. You will have the task of sharing this research and knowledge with visitors going shark diving, and may get the chance to assist in tagging and tracking sharks.

Find out more about Marine Conservation in South Africa

Opportunities in Wildlife & Animal Conservation Volunteer projects

As a volunteer you’ll work in a team of other volunteers to get a variety of tasks done within the projects. These activities vary depending on the weather and time of year. Tasks may include, but not limited to:

  • Tracking and monitoring animalsVolunteer posing to the camera with two cheetas in one of our Animal Conservation projects
  • Breeding
  • Animals counts
  • Feeding
  • Coordinating visitors in reserves
  • Tracking collared animals
  • Accompanying guides on night patrols
  • Clearing paths
  • Hatchery duties
  • Beach cleaning
  • And others according to the season and weather

Skills required for wildlife & animal conservation volunteer projects

Some projects have specific skills. Please check the description of your chosen program to check the skills required.

Lions up close on our Animal Conservation projectsFor all projects:

  • Volunteers must love animals and help to take care of them;
  • Realise the enormous responsibility of working with wild animals;
  • You will have to be open to learn new skills
  • Be prepared to get stuck in and get your hands dirty