Volunteer Program at Wildlife SOS Rescue Facility
Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India's natural heritage, forests and wildlife wealth and HSI Australia has been a program partner since 2005. Today, the organization has evolved to actively work towards protecting the Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, creating sanctuaries for rescued bears, leopards and elephants, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities.
By volunteering at the Wildlife SOS Rescue Facility, you will make a major contribution to the welfare of bears in India. Your time and effort will help to care for the bears, and a majority of the programme cost will go directly to the centre, providing a critical source of funding for their future work.
On a personal level, you will have a unique opportunity to work alongside some incredible animals and gain the satisfaction of helping to make a difference to the lives of these animals. Not only is there the benefit of working with the animals but the unique opportunity to work with the local community & inspiring people who make up Wildlife SOS.
No previous experience is required, you just need to be willing and enthusiastic and have a strong interest in conservation and wildlife. You will need to physically fit, able to tolerate high temperatures and humidity, work well within a team and be adaptable to living and working in a group.
What are Volunteer duties?
As a volunteer, you will spend five days working with the bears at Agra, building hammocks for Sloth bears to rest in, constructing enrichment structures for them to play with and escorting the keepers on daily drives through the bear sanctuary distributing the bears’ afternoon food. Apart from the bears, during your stay at Agra you will also enjoy the opportunity to visit the elephants and help with either their feeding or with giving them a bath. On your first day at the centre you will receive an orientation session including how the centre works, information on the different types of bears and a full tour of the centre. You will be trained and supervised by the experienced animal keepers at the centre as well as the volunteer coordinator
Volunteer activities may include the following:
- Bear / Elephant kitchen work.
- Assist keepers in cutting fruits / loading / making enrichment treats.
- Setting up morning porridge for the bears (pick up at kitchen, pouring, mixing, transporting, serving)
- Cleaning up plates and enclosures ,(fixing enrichment's , picking up foreign objects, rearranging the socializing pens if necessary)
- Weighing of watermelons and other fruit and distribution of their feeding.
- Cleaning of the bear den / feeding bowls / Indoor drainage.
- Distribution of porridge to individual enclosure bear bowls.
- Setting up afternoon porridge, feeding, cleaning
- Bear & Elephant observations
- Enrichment structure repair and making.
- Fence cleaning / Feeder Pipe enrichment.
- Grass trimming / gardening / Plantation / Nursery maintenance & development.
- Hammock making by using fire hose , nuts & bolts.
- Jute bag filling with feeding enrichment items.
- Knitting of coil rope for hiding enrichment's.
- Leveling of enclosure ground area.
- Methodize the tools room and enrichment library.
- Nurturing the saplings.
- Optimal application of grease to pulley systems.
- Painting maintenance work & Plumbing maintenance work.
- Removal of weeds.
Duties as a volunteer wishing to do office work could include:
- Cleaning the gift shop/visitor centre
- Cleaning the area around the education walkway center
- Help filling in the guest register
- Assisting guests during their visits
- Assisting fundraising activities
Direct physical contact with the bears is not possible as these are large wild animals, and could be potentially dangerous.
What all is covered?
- Three Indian vegetarian meals a day
- Twin shared accommodation
- Transport to & from rescue centre
- Access to laundry facilities
- Cost of enrichment materials for use by volunteer
- Committed volunteer co-coordinator
- Souvenir T-Shirt
Wildlife SOS incurs lots of expenditure in order to organize volunteer program ,permissions and accommodation arrangements to the client. If any volunteer cancels his/her allotted program after making payment of program fee the refundable amount would be as under:
- 60 or more days prior to scheduled program date - 90% of the program fee would be refundable.
- Within 30 days from scheduled program date - 50% of the program fee would be refundable.
- Within 14 to 1 day from scheduled program date - 100% loss of the program fee.
No allowance or refunds can be made for meals, rooms, excursions etc., included in the price of your placement but not taken, nor can any refund be made for lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets or vouchers.
For further queries please feel free to write to us or contact us on below mention details.
Click here to download a Volunteer Application Form (PDF)