The Australian Forest Wildlife conservation project. Do you love working with wildlife and observing them in their natural habitat? Each year, there have been a growing concern of native animals being injured, ill or orphaned because of interactions with humans or pets.
We have collaborated with a wildlife shelter in country Australia. It is one of the largest unsupported privately-owned wildlife shelters in Australia. For more than 30 years, it has rescued and rehabilitated sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife. Helping them back to health and returned to the natural habitat. With no funding from governments, the shelter relies on the contribution of volunteers and donations from the public.
The Australian Forest Wildlife Conservation Volunteers play a critical role at this wildlife rescue and care. Not only will you learn a wide range of new skills for you to use back home. But you will make new friends from around the world and embrace a sense of fulfilment and lifelong experiences for yourself. While the number of native animals needing help is increasing, we don’t have enough volunteers to keep up with the work that needs to be done. Your contribution is huge as the feeding schedule of baby animals is a constant and the shelter needs surrogate mums to provide food for the babies and care for them.
Your daily activities will consist of:
- Bottle feeding all young animals every 4 hours
- Toileting young animals after feeds
- Exercising young animals
- Assisting in rescue calls
- Assisting in emergency medical treatment
- Cleaning animal shelters
- Building / repairing animal shelters
- Browsing for grass and gum leaves in the forest
- Picking apples
- Keeping the grounds clean and tidy
- Keeping the volunteer accommodation clean and tidy
This is a busy shelter. There will not be as much free time here because animals always will need to be cared for. Many volunteers only go to the nearest town on a few occasions as transport is only provided when there are errands to run. The staff are so friendly however and can dictate the free time based on the workload completed. As it is possible that you may not get to do much sightseeing in the area while on your placement, you may wish to stay on in the area after you leave the project. There are many things to do in the surrounding forests and towns and you don’t have to go far to experience the best this region has to offer.
Rent a car and go on the Forest Drive, where you can still see mine shafts and tunnels through the trees. To the northwest is the spectacular Beechworth Forest, nestled on the foothills of the Victorian Alps.
Book a guided tour of an underground gold mine dating back to 1867, pick fresh berries or walk through breath-taking waterfalls and be immersed in the countryside.
Get your Miners Rights at the Visitor Centre and have a go looking for some gold. Who knows, you might get lucky!
Book a guided tour of an underground gold mine dating back to 1867, pick fresh strawberries or walk through cascading waterfalls and rugged countryside.
You are only a few hours from Melbourne and Sydney so you can make a trip to the big cities or hit the coast for some relaxation and well deserved rest after your stay at the shelter.