Elephant conservation work could take you all around the world, from the stunning city of Jaipur in India to the luscious green lands of Zimbabwe in southern Africa to the mountain jungles of Thailand. Although big in size, elephants are one of the most commonly abused and mistreated animals on the planet. They have been known to be chained up, beaten, deprived of sleep, removed from their natural habitats, hunted for ivory, and forced into unnatural behaviour in the name of entertainment.
Volunteering with elephants is an exciting and worthwhile cause to participate in. Volunteers are expected to care for the elephants by taking part in regular tasks such as bathing and grooming, mucking out pens, preparing milk bottles, feeding the baby elephants, and working alongside the local farmers to create sustainable living environments for the next and current generation of elephants. You might even get the chance to shadow a veterinary professional, helping to administer medicine to sick and injured elephants.
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