Tasmanian Animal Sanctuary Program

NSW, Australia

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15 people
14 days
Code: 292
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This program is set amongst 150 acres of natural parkland and lagoons, attracting over 100 species of wild birds. Apart from being a safe habitat for native wildlife, the sanctuary is also a permanent home for sick, injured, orphaned or unwanted animals that cannot be released into the wild. It has important conservation initiatives, including breeding programs for the Eastern Quoll and the endangered Tasmanian Devil, which faces extinction due to a deadly facial tumour disease. You will contribute towards the survival of these species by helping the Sanctuary achieve its conservation objectives through a variety of tasks including parkland maintenance, animal care as well as the promotion of environmental education and conservation awareness as a part of the sanctuary’s eco-tourism activities.

Australia has some of the world’s most unique wildlife, with many species found only in Australia. This makes wildlife conservation in Australia incredibly important. Sadly, however, Australia is facing an extinction crisis, and has the worst mammal extinction record in the world, with 30 native mammal species becoming extinct since European settlement almost 130 years ago. Even today, there are more than 1,700 species of animals and plants listed by the Australian Government at risk of extinction. The leading threat to native wildlife is humans population, with most losses due to introduced species and destruction of habitat. It is for this reason that animal sanctuaries are of crucial importance, to provide a safe habitat for wildlife as well as a place for wildlife conservation, education, rehabilitation and release.

In this program you will have an opportunity to undo some of this damage and make a real contribution to the conservation of Australia’s native wildlife by supporting a local wildlife sanctuary that provides a refuge for Australia’s threatened species. Set amongst 150 acres of natural parkland and lagoons, attracting over 100 species of wild birds, this spacious sanctuary provides a safe habitat for native wildlife, as well as a permanent home for sick, injured, orphaned or unwanted animals that cannot be released into the wild. The sanctuary has important conservation initiatives, including breeding programs for the Eastern Quoll and the endangered Tasmanian Devil, which faces extinction due to a deadly facial tumour disease.

By joining this program you will be contributing towards the survival of these species by helping the Sanctuary achieve its conservation objectives. This will be done through a variety of tasks including parkland maintenance, animal care as well as the promotion of environmental education and conservation awareness as part of the sanctuaries eco-tourism activities. Whilst you will not usually participate in handling wildlife as part of your duties, you will be surrounded by an abundance of free-roaming Australian wildlife in beautiful open surroundings while contributing to projects that really matter to the survival of these animals.

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

Feb 6th

Feb 20th

Mar 6th

Apr 17th

May 15th

May 29th

Jun 26th

Jul 10th

Aug 7th

Sep 18th

Aims & Objectives

By joining this program you will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to all varieties of Tasmanian wildlife. The purpose of this program is to protect indigenous animals and plants through direct conservation activities.

Schedule
Week 1

Day 1-2: Monday to Tuesday

On the first week of this program you will have a two-day orientation in Hobart on the Monday and Tuesday.

Day 3-5: Wednesday to Friday

On the Wednesday you will head to the sanctuary where you will be inducted to the program and then on the Thursday to the Friday you will participate in the program which can be seen in the second week description in the following page.

Day 6-7: Saturday to Sunday

Weekends are free for you to explore Australia more!

Week 2

Day 8-12: Monday to Friday

8:00 am - Breakfast, Australian breakfast selection
8.30 am - Travel to program from the accommodation
9.00 am - Participate in the program
12.00 pm - Rest & Light Lunch
1.00 pm - Continue with the Program
3.00 pm - Finish the program for the day
3.30 pm - Prepare and Leave to your accommodation        
4.30 pm - Arrive at the accommodation for a well-deserved rest
6.00 pm - Dinner
7.00 pm - Free time

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements
  • All participants are required to bring a photocopy of their passport and a printed copy of their travel insurance information.
  • All participants will require a certain level of fitness and must be able to do physical work which will include light construction and other ‘hands on’ duties such as hand weeding, clearing debris, rubbish removal, removal of invasive non-native tree species, etc. This program will not be suitable if you are afraid of insects, wild fauna and do not wish to do physical work.
  • All participants will need to undergo compulsory training over 1-2 days before working on on the project and handling wildlife (if applicable). Training will be included during the first week and may be ongoing as new tasks arise.
  • All placements must be confirmed at least 4 weeks before starting date, after this period placements will be confirmed on a case by case basis only and extra charges may apply.
  • Certificates will be issued for the completion of this training and program participation only after placements have been successfully completed.
  • Due to Australia’s strict visa regulations, we are unfortunately unable to help to secure visas. Participants coming from western/ European countries can easily get visas online.
  • Maximum duration is 08 weeks. For longer stays, please email us directly.
  • This program is strictly monitored, and participants will have to leave Australia at the end of the program duration.
  • Participants below 18 years require parental consent, and participants above 65 require medical clearance to take part in the program.
  • All participants are required to bring a photocopy of their passport and a printed copy of their travel insurance information.
  • All participants will require a certain level of fitness and must be able to do physical work which will include light construction and other ‘hands on’ duties such as hand weeding, clearing debris, rubbish removal, removal of invasive non-native tree species, etc. This program will not be suitable if you are afraid of insects, wild fauna and do not wish to do physical work.
  • All participants will need to undergo compulsory training over 1-2 days before working on on the project and handling wildlife (if applicable). Training will be included during the first week and may be ongoing as new tasks arise.
  • All placements must be confirmed at least 4 weeks before starting date, after this period placements will be confirmed on a case by case basis only and extra charges may apply.
  • Certificates will be issued for the completion of this training and program participation only after placements have been successfully completed.
  • Due to Australia’s strict visa regulations, we are unfortunately unable to help to secure visas. Participants coming from western/ European countries can easily get visas online.
  • Maximum duration is 08 weeks. For longer stays, please email us directly.
  • This program is strictly monitored, and participants will have to leave Australia at the end of the program duration.
  • Participants below 18 years require parental consent, and participants above 65 require medical clearance to take part in the program.
Additional Equipment
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Thongs/ sandals
  • Backpacks
  • Gardening gloves
  • A hat
  • Raincoat
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Long pants and shirt/clothes that can get dirty during your project week
  • Medication you may require. (If you suffer from anaphylaxis due to allergic reactions to peanuts (which is used in animal feed), bee stings and so on please make sure you have an EPI pen and please inform us of these allergies)  

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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