The Elephant Care project provides a sanctuary for over 20 domesticated elephants that have been used in the logging and tourism industries.
Volunteers will join the Elephant Care team to help care for the rescued elephants at the centre. The extra support from volunteers is crucial to ensure that every animal receives the optimum level of care as many of the elephants arrive with severe health problems and bear the scars of previous abuse.
By spreading the word about the use and abuse of animals, volunteers raise awareness of these issues and what can be done to help them.
The centre operates as a sanctuary to abused, neglected or injured animals. Volunteers work alongside local staff to care for over 20 Asian elephants. Each day will differ but tasks may include:
- Feeding and giving water to the elephants
- Help with the cleaning of the enclosures
- Hosing down and washing the elephants
- Harvesting and collecting food from local farms – pineapple trees, bananas trees etc.
- Creating enrichments for the elephants
- Looking after other domesticated animals on site
There are usually 15-30 volunteers on each role.
Working days and hours
Volunteers work a 5 or 6 day working week from about 6.30am-5pm on a rota basis, depending on the needs of the project at the time. Volunteers live on site, a short walk away from the animals. There are many exciting free time activities locally including 3 national parks to explore, night markets and beaches!
Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) award
This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.