The Wildlife Rescue Program
OPEN NOW for Australian residents. Borders are closed to international arrivals.
This heart-warming wildlife program’s aim is to rescue some of the thousands of precious Australian indigenous animals who are forced from their natural habitat, injured, orphaned or who become sick due to increasing interaction with humans.
Located in a remote rural town in New South Wales, this wildlife shelter’s wonderful staff and volunteers are passionate about rescuing and rehabilitating sick, injured and orphaned native Australian wildlife. Animals are nursed them back to health so that they can be successfully re-introduced to their natural habitat. As it receives no ongoing government funding, the rescue center relies on donations from the public and the generous contribution of volunteers, both national and international, to keep it operational.
Volunteers will find this a challenging and hands-on role, working directly with the shelter team to save and care for the precious animals. Join us on this truly inspirational project in the beauty and serenity of Australia’s native bushland and help save its iconic natural inhabitants!
Goals of this Project:
- Provide a refuge for injured, displaced, orphaned or abandoned animals
- Provide attention and appropriate care to animals in need
- Rescue, rehabilitate and release as many native animals as possible
- Educate the public about the importance of animal welfare
How You Can Help
With the number of native animals needing help increasing every year, resources needed to keep up with this demand are becoming increasingly scarce, making the contribution of volunteers on this project invaluable. Not only will they have the opportunity to be hands-on and directly involved in wildlife rescue and care, volunteers will also be learning new skills and meeting new friends from around the world. Volunteers will be kept busy and engaged on a variety of tasks. The daily schedule of feeding, cleaning, and collecting resources is a busy one so the centre desperately needs volunteers to assist with tasks such as bottle feeding infant animals, collecting native food materials, assisting with medical treatment as required and and ensuring the shelter is kept clean and well maintained. Care for the rescued animals is required year-round, so the project operates a flexible seven day working week. There is an excellent camaraderie between local and international volunteers working on a common cause.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Feeding and exercising the animals
- Assisting in rescue calls and providing emergency medical treatment
- Cleaning and maintenance work in the shelter
- Playing with the animals
- Administration, fundraising and other responsibilities where required
Love Volunteers welcomes those who wish to give their time and energy to help protect and conserve the native wildlife of Australia. The program is strictly limited to those 18 years and over due to the nature of the work and risks inherent in working with wild and injured animals.
This project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in animal conservation/zoological studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by one of local project leaders. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
A current tetanus vaccination record is required.
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Vaccination Certificate
This wonderful program supports a Wildlife Rescue Centre situated in Lankeys Creek, New South Wales. This remote Australian town is surrounded by iconic Australian bushland and is rich habitat for native wildlife.
Situated between Melbourne and Sydney in southern New South Wales this project offers volunteers a unique opportunity to 'go walkabout' in the mammoth continent of Australia and experience the important wildlife protection work underway.
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and volunteers can choose to arrive any day of the week and participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 4 weeks.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Volunteers make their way from Melbourne or Sydney international airports to the local town - either Wagga Wagga or Albury - where they will be picked up by the local team.
Comprehensive in-country transport advice will be provided once a placement has been confirmed.
Monday start dates are provided, however, volunteer are free to arrive any day of the week.
- Arrival Airport: Melbourne International Airport (MEL) or Sydney International Airport (SYD)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers in Lankeys Creek are accommodated on-site in the comfortable home of the local carers. Truly a home away from home and in the thick of the animal action!
Linen is provided and laundry can be done on-site. Volunteers should bring their own towel and personal toiletries. Please be aware that frequent droughts can mean that water is often a scarce commodity.
Wi-Fi is available on-site, however, volunteers are advised to take their mobile phone and purchase a local data package.
Three meals per day are provided. Volunteers help with meal preparation and clean-up and meals are wholesome and well deserved after a hard days' work! Vegetarian and vegan diets are catered for.
Volunteers are advised to bring old, sturdy clothing and footwear suitable for the conditions and nature of the work.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.