AUSTRALIA: Wildlife Rehabilitation - Multiple Projects and Hands-On Work!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Veterinary Internships
Country: Australia
Location : Perth
Duration: 3 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

A varied Wildlife Rehabilitation Project throughout Perth helping many kinds of animals. Locations could include a rehabilitation centre, national park, river, coast, etc.

This project is a highly rewarding hands-on placement working with Native Wildlife. Australia's unique animals are known throughout the world and are a major part of its natural heritage, making it an essential destination for anyone with a passion for nature and wildlife. WJ

A seriously rewarding placement for nature lovers. Hands-on work with Native Wildlife in a Rehabilitation Centre near Perth, Western Australia's finest city! Australia's unique animals are known throughout the world and are an important part of its natural heritage, making Australia an essential destination for anyone with a passion for nature and wildlife.

 

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Down Under Oz!
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

 

ABOUT THE WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE:

You'll work at a wildlife rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of Perth, aimed at caring for injured, orphaned, displaced or sick animals. You'll work with many native species, to assist in their rehabilitation and eventual release, as well as educating the local community about the need to conserve and protect local wildlife.

The Centre opened during the 1960s and has seen continual growth since this time - it is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers from the local community, with the support of local businesses. Together they are committed to the protection and welfare of native wildlife. Wildlife brought to centre is examined in the hospital and appropriate care is administered including medication, crop feeding, physiotherapy and veterinary surgery. Quality care is provided and directed towards doing what is best for a distressed native animal with the ultimate goal of returning the animal to its native habitat.

When an animal is ready to be released it is transferred to a suitable location within the community and its progress monitored so that the centre can ensure that the repatriation has been successful. Approximately 60% of admissions are successfully nursed back to good health and released into their natural habitats. The centre's recognition of Australia's native species and the need to ensure their continued survival has led them to develop several breeding programmes for species on the edge of extinction. Captive breeding programmes are now underway for the endangered Bilby and Western Barred Bandicoots.

A 'hands-on' educational programme has also been established at the centre to ensure that children learn about the protection of native wildlife from a young age. Nocturnal visits can be arranged for small groups of children to show wildlife feeding and interacting with each other.

 

YOUR WORK & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Over 100 volunteers work at the centre, covering two shifts per day, every day of the year. The day-to-day activities of the volunteers provide for all of the needs of the animals and the operation of the centre. Specific tasks include nursing and feeding sick and injured birds and animals, cleaning and maintenance, administration and public education.

You will more than likely be involved with the following...

  • The rehabilitation of sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife. This means giving care to the animals at the same time as promoting independence to ensure they become ready for release back into the wild.
  • The endangered species captive breeding programme.
  • Educating the community about the need to preserve wildlife and eco systems and to value wildlife as a resource for a healthier living planet. This may involve using the centre’s educational animals to help with wildlife displays.
  • You'll assist with weighing and preparing food, feeding the animals, cleaning enclosures and the hospital, acting as a general assist in the hospital and recording information.

You will be required to assist with all areas of work and will need to capable of mucking in to do whatever is required of you.

 

THE IMPORTANCT OF CONSERVATION IN AUSTRALIA:

Australia supports a significant proportion of the World's biodiversity - over 80% of its mammals, flowering plants and reptiles are only found in Australia. The destruction and fragmentation of habitat, particularly as a result of clearance of vegetation for agriculture, and the impact of feral animals and invasive weeds, has had a substantial impact on Australia's biodiversity.

Since European settlers arrived in Australia 22 mammal species have become extinct - the worst mammal extinction rate in the World. Around 20% of Australia's remaining mammals species are now threatened with extinction. These alarming figures indicate

 

ABOUT PERTH:

Perth was built on the banks of the magnificent Swan River over 150 years ago and is now a city rich in culture and filled with theatres, art galleries and museums. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun, friendly and 'laid back' place, with clear skies and a sunny climate. Western Australia is locally known as the 'state of excitement'!

Some of its more famous attractions include Kings Park, Scarborough Beach, Fremantle and the Swan River. Fremantle (or as the locals call it, ‘Freo’) is the city’s port and is rich in history. At weekends you will find markets, entertainment and plenty of alfresco style cafes to laze in. Perth has restaurants to suit all tastes - the most popular cuisine is the great Australian BBQ. Barbeque facilities are abundant in local parks - take your own food and cook up a feast, Australian style!

 

WHAT TO DO NEXT:

If you’d like to apply for this project, please complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen. It's as easy as that.

Start Dates

Projects start every Thursday, all year round – you choose your start and finish dates. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £1795 for three weeks. You can participate for up to 12 weeks or longer , subject to visa requirements.
- Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).
You'l also receive a free T-shirt.
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
- Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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