5 of the Best Animal Conservation Projects!
There is a difference between travelling and experiencing a country on your holidays, with higher levels of engagement with a place when one wanders off the beaten track. What better way to immerse yourself in a community than by rolling up your sleeves and volunteering, and it gets even better when you get to spend some quality time with some locals of the furry variety on one of these five animal conservation projects.
Wildlife Conservation & Research in Suffolk, UK
Work with Wild Days Conservation in Suffolk to conduct valuable wildlife research and assist in essential conservation work. Here you will help map and monitor the distribution of the unwelcome pirri pirri bur plant that is threatening the natural vegetation in the area. You will also learn how to identify and survey the Dartford warbler while also working with the Mammal Society to assess the health of local shrews and voles. You don’t have to travel to another continent to volunteer in wildlife conservation!
Experience this for yourself: Wildlife Conservation & Research, Suffolk
Mingle with Marine Life in Montserrat
Montserrat is best known for is sparkling sapphire waters and magical coral reefs. Here, you have the chance to dive beneath the waves to work on a ‘ridge to reef’ project to conserve the local eco-systems. Here you can learn to dive while contributing to ongoing reef and seagrass surveys that help inform local conservation management plans. If you are more of a land-based mammal, fear not –keep your feet on dry land and join an expedition into the local forest to survey amphibians, reptiles, birds and plants!
Experience this for yourself: Conservation Programme, Montserrat
Assist with Ground-Breaking Research in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is famous for its rich biodiversity and focus on responsible tourism. As such, it comes as no surprise that you can find a project deep in the rainforest that is working to collect data and assess the populations of monkeys, birds and invertebrates in order to help guide conservation efforts. You might even have the chance to help conduct ground-breaking research on the neotropical otter which will inform future protection strategies for this species. Pretty cool!
Experience this for yourself: Big Cat, Primate and Turtle Conservation, Costa Rica
Protect Unique Species in Madagascar
Who doesn’t want the chance to spot a wide-eyed lemur in its natural habitat? That’s right, no one! So, take the opportunity to participate in this Madagascan project that will take you everywhere from the untamed forests to the white sandy beaches. Sadly, much of Madagascar’s unique wildlife is under threat from deforestation. Here you can help a local conservation team conduct fieldwork and research while also working on community education initiatives to help support local workers. This is an excellent project for anyone who wants to help protect Madagascar’s fragile conservation and development programmes.
Experience this for yourself: Lemur and Forest Conservation, Madagascar
Rehabilitate Mistreated Exotic Animals in Florida
Florida is home to over 700 species of wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else in the world – including the incredibly rare Florida Panther. An exotic animal trade allows people to keep big cats and other exotic animals as pets or for use in the entertainment industry. The Florida Wildlife Rescue Sanctuary provides a home for animals that have been rescued from a life in captivity. Here, you can help with the rehabilitation of these animals and (hopefully), their reintegration into the wild.
Experience this for yourself: Animal Rescue Project, Florida
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