Wildlife volunteering: Top Travel Experience(s)
Getting down and dirty, deciding there’s no point in washing your shorts because you’re on enclosure cleaning yet again or it’s just so wet and humid, why bother?
These are the joys of volunteering in Namibia and Ecuador.
Babysitting a little baby baboon named Violet, cute right? Up until she wakes up and goes loopy in the morning when you try change her nappy.
These are the joys of wildlife volunteering.
Pulling branches and logs together to create enclosures for monkeys and sloths coming into quarantine so they can be released.
These are the joys of Amazon volunteering.
Getting to hurl raw meat over fences to leopards, cheetahs and lions. Hearing the sound of wild dogs being feed carcases. Cleaning the cheetahs and leopards enclosures… with them inside.
These are the moments to treasure volunteering in the vast plains of Namibia.
Getting sick as a dog, from drinking ‘filtered water’. Venturing to the local military hospital with a translator. Discovering no toilet paper or soap. Getting pain medicine shot right into your veins.
These are the joys of volunteering in the depths of the jungle.
Sticking your hands into a bucket of rotten fruit and veggies frozen to mush up for the monkeys, only to have a mouse jump out at you. Bugs and insects on steroids roaming the rooms and bathrooms. Knowledge that it’s actually illegal to kill some spiders.
These are the scary moments of volunteering in Namibia.
Feeding monkeys from big Chorongo’s to small little tamarins and pygmy monkeys. Having monkeys and birds climb on you like you’re just another object to play on.
These are joys of volunteering.
Having a baboon toddler jump on your hip for a cuddle, another climb on your shoulder, another start adjusting your hair aka ‘grooming’.
These are the joys of African volunteering.
On my last epic travels through Africa, South, Central and North America I volunteered in Namibia at N/a’ ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary just out of Windhoek and at Yana Cocha in Puyo on the edge of the Amazon in Ecuador.
In both experiences there were definite ups and downs. At times I really didn’t enjoy it, but I look back on the photos and the memories and I’m so pleased that I did volunteer with animals. How often do you have the chance to get that close to incredible animals like these right?
It taught me a lot about wild animals in general and gave me a newfound appreciation for wildlife conservation when it’s done right.
Below is a list of various posts I created during my time volunteering, please peruse them at your leisure:
This was part of my Top 30 Travel Experiences before I’m 30, for more experiences to inspire, check out the growing travel list here »