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Volunteer in Thailand: Wild Animal Rescue and Education Centre

The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF)

Street Address:
65/1 3rd Floor, Sukhumvit 55, Klongton, Wattana, Thailand
Bangkok 10110

Wild Animal Rescue and Education Centre

Dates of Program
Flexible Dates
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years +
Project Review

The Wild Animal Rescue and Education Centre (WARED) was established at the beginning of 2001 The purpose was to house animals who can not be ( or are not yet ready to be ) released back into the wild. We also want to keep their life as close as possible to a natural situation. Conservation and education are key components of the project as we would like to limit future destruction of the local ecosystem. WARF purchased a site in Baan Thalaenork surrounded by dense primary forest and mangrove swamps. The local Muslim community have welcomed us warmly, in part because their lifestyle is so very intertwined with the natural environment. In addition the Royal Thai Forestry Department have generously donated 600 rai of pristine mountainous rain forest, immediately behind the WARF site, which will provide an ideal location to re-house animals requiring long-term care.

Working in conjunction with WARF's Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) located on Phuket, 200km to the south, WARED will focus on education, local village participation and development as well as, of course, providing a sanctuary for threatened species. Funding for Phase 1 has already been obtained enabling the purchase of land and the building of the education centre and accommodation. Phase 2 will involve the building of quarantine enclosures, gibbon islands, further animal enclosures and additional volunteer accommodation. Phase 3 will establish a mobile schoolhouse that can tour the remote rural areas of the province. The total anticipated cost will be 10m baht and WAR are actively seeking major funding sources to complete this important project.

In 2003 , 50 macaques were rescued from animal laboratory experimentation. These animals had been kept in very small cages for the past 10 years and were in very poor condition. After lengthy negotiations the animals were released to WARF's care. Thanks to major funding from The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). Major building work commenced early in 2003 to construct large enclosures for these animals at WARF's site in Baan Thalaenork.

Major Responsibilities

Major job responsibilities:

  • Assist the Animal Keepers (preparing food, feeding)
  • Assist in the research (for instance behavioural research). The way the released gibbons spend their time is observed. Behavioural elements are registered, for instance: territorial behaviour, urinating, threatening behaviour towards the observers, coughing, sneezing, foraging, abnormal behaviour and singing. Special emphasis lies on dominant behaviour, the place of the individuals in the group, explorative behaviour and their behaviour towards people, e.g. the observers.
  • Building and maintaining the cages
  • Daily cleaning of the cages
  • Giving talks to tourists, telling them of your experiences and those of the animals at the project as well as enlightening them on the current situation of the wildlife protection in Thailand
  • Teaching in your native language to local schools
Cost/Program Fee
Contact the Organization
What program fee Includes

The program fee covers:

  • Food and Accommodation
  • Travels made during the project

The program fee does not cover:

  • Your personal expenses
  • Expenses regarding your flights and
  • Visa Cost
Skills/ Qualifications

Skills and qualifications required:

  • Prospective volunteers must be flexible and should have the hunger to learn more
  • Should be communicative and a social person
  • Should have leadership qualities
Arrangements for Room/Food

Room: Volunteers can stay within the site of volunteering. Maximun of 12 volunteers can be accommodated there. Besides, Volunteers can also stay in hotels with minimal charge.

Food: Food in Thailand is good, varied, relatively cheap and easily available. Also the accommodation offers the possibility for preparing food together with the other volunteers. Restaurants, small cafeteria offers a good opportunity to order breakfast or lunch. Alcoholic drinks are expensive. Drinking unboiled water is not to be recommended. Drink only bottled water from bottles with a crown cork.

Any Missing Important Information

Passport & Visa: To visit Thailand you need a valid passport. A visa is required. Please check with the Thai Embassy in your country or your national volunteer agency to determine what is required and how you can obtain the necessary documents. For long term volunteers a non-immigrant visa with a three-month validity is required. Your booking agent will supply you with a letter for visa support for the Thai embassy. For volunteers staying longer than three months, they will have to renew their visa in Thailand. The WARF Foundation will assist you in doing so.

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