Volunteering with animals in South East Asia where the illegal wildlife trade is at its worst can have a direct impact on conservation due to education projects, rescue and release projects, and showing to the local community that wildlife conservation and animal welfare do go hand-in-hand.
Participation in this project does make a difference to animals, as this projects assists in law enforcement such as recent raid with Thai Department of National Parks to the Tiger Temple where 40 tiger cubs, bear and binturong were discovered dead and frozen which were most likely prepared to be sold on the black market as “natural remedies”. DNP announced that the temple will be facing closure due to continuous breaches of the law and past agreements.
One of the most significant aspects of wildlife conservation is the education of local communities and raising awareness amongst tourists, who inadvertently create a big demand for the exploitation of wildlife. Making people understand the consequences of their actions and persuading them to change their habits and attitudes towards wildlife is the first step to protecting them. This project rescues wild animals, rehabilitates and release where possible and provides care for those who are unable to be returned to the wild whilst educating people, particularly children, to stop cruelty to animals.
This is what our volunteer Jeanette from Australia says about the project: “It is amazing how much pleasure you can get from working to make these animals lives a little better. From the big jobs of building a new enclosure to small things like gathering fresh leaves for them to eat.”