Animal Conservation in Bolivia

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Animal Conservation in Bolivia

from £645
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: Bolivia
Help rescue and rehabilitate wildlife rescued from the illegal animal trafficking trade in Bolivia.
Summary

Animal Conservation in Bolivia

Nestled in a beautiful riverine valley roughly 100 kilometres from Bolivia's capital, La Paz, the Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary has become one of South America's leading centres for the care of wildlife rescued from illegal traffickers. Sadly, animal trafficking has greatly increased over the past few years in Bolivia, and as a result - the help of volunteers is extremely valuable.

Now working in collaboration with the government's Environmental Ministry, the sanctuary cares for hundreds of rescued animals, including monkeys, exotic birds, wild cats and two endangered spectacled bears. Volunteers joining this fantastic project will partake in the everyday running of the sanctuary: feeding and interacting with the animals, creating innovative enrichment and helping to improve the sanctuary facilities. Many of the animals being cared for were rescued from the pet trade and subsequently cannot be released, making this, at times, a very hands on experience.

Those volunteers spending two or three weeks at the sanctuary will get to have an all-round experience working amongst all of the residents at the sanctuary, and those spending a month or more can choose to focus working with the spectacled bears.

Start Dates are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of every month. 

Nestled in a verdant riverine valley near the town of Coroico, roughly 100km from La Paz, the Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary has become one of the South America's leading centres for the care of wildlife rescued from illegal traffickers.

Now working with the government's Environmental Ministry, the sanctuary cares for hundreds of rescued animals, including monkeys, exotic birds, wild cats and two endangered spectacled bears. Volunteers joining the project in South America will partake in the everyday running of the sanctuary; feeding and interacting with the animals, creating innovative enrichment and helping to improve facilities.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at La Paz airport and transfer to the project site. Spend the day settling in and meeting staff and fellow volunteers.

Day 2-14

These days will be spent working at the project. Volunteers will be working every day from 7.30am until 5.30pm.  

Day 15

Transfer back to La Paz airport for return flight or commence independent travel plans. 

Project Activities

On this project, you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.

Basic Husbandry
Feeding, cleaning, and caring for monkeys, birds, wildcats, turtles and various other animals.

Monitoring
Monitor and document feeding and behavioural habits to ensure proper diets and portions.

Maintaining the Facilities
Improving existing facilities and help build additional facilities. The task involves building cages and enclosures.

Enrichment
Working on enrichment projects for the bears to keep active mentally and physically.

Care Bear Programme
Caring for the spectacled bears for volunteers staying 2-4 weeks


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Price details:

from £645

What's included?

• Shared accommodation in the volunteer’s quarters
• Private transfers to and from the airport
• Three meals per day
• Hot showers
• Bed linen and towels
• A voucher to use for extra activities (ziplining or canyoning)
• Laundry facilities
• Food and medicine for the animals you are caring for

What's not included?

• Beer, soft drinks, water and desserts are not included, but they can be purchased at a minimum price
• Onward travel after the project
• Flights
• Travel insurance

Visas

Citizens of most countries can get a tourist card on arrival for up to 90 days. This will be dependent on your nationality however. Please make sure you double check, as this can be subject to change. There are often numerous passport checks, so they must be carried at all times. It is safest to carry photocopies rather than originals. As with most countries, your passport will need to be valid for at least six months in order to gain entry.

About The Great Projects

Here at The Great Projects we believe that there is a better way to holiday. Our award winning wildlife volunteer projects and signature tours present you with a truly life changing experience alongside the chance help animal conservation efforts all around the world. Whether you want to work with Orangutans in Borneo, Cheetahs in Namibia, or Tigers in India, we have the perfect project for everyone, and with donations made for each trip, your travel with have a lasting impact on local wildlife and the communities living alongside it.

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