Say no to elephant tourism and instead spend five days as a volunteer at the Wildlife SOS Rescue Facilities in Agra. Wildlife SOS is an incredible organisation committed to taking action against animal cruelty, rescuing wildlife in distress, working to resolve man-animal conflicts while promoting and educating the public about the need for habitat protection.
So what is involved with volunteering at Wildlife SOS?
- Food Prep for Bears/Elephants Including: Assisting Keepers in Cutting Fruits / Loading / Making Enrichment Treats.
- Distribution of Food to the Bears/Elephants
- Maintenance of the Enclosures and Facilities.
- Bear & Elephant observations.
- Scrubbing and Bathing the Elephants.
- Enrichment Structure Construction.
- Gardening / Plantation /Nursery Maintenance & Development.
- Knitting of Coil Rope for Hiding Enrichments.
- Organization of Facility Resources.
- Facility-wide Mechanical Assistance
- Painting Maintenance Work & Plumbing Maintenance Work.
- Removal of Weeds.
Office-based roles are also available from assisting guests during their visits to coordinating fundraising activities and organising the gift shop.
You don’t need any previous experience, simply an enthusiastic attitude with the desire to get stuck in and contribute to the welfare of bears and elephants in India, although a strong interest in conservation and wildlife is recommended. You will need to be physically fit, able to tolerate high temperatures and humidity, work well within a team and be adaptable to living and working in a group.
Hours of work are Monday – Friday from 09:00 – 17:00 with a one hour lunch break at 13:00 and the weekend free for you to explore. The majority of the programme fees will go directly to the Centre thus providing a critical source of funding for future work, as well as being a wonderful experience for you to interact with these incredible animals.
For further information and to download the application form, visit www.wildlifesos.org/volunteer-with-us.
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