Each year, students, full-time workers, and retirees work together to improve the lives of endangered mammals and sea creatures around the world. Wildlife Volunteers work to restore habitats, conduct research, provide assistance to veterinarians, and nurse sick and injured animals back to health. Some sanctuaries are specifically dedicated to a single species such as elephants, lions or chimpanzees while others include a variety of animals. There are plenty of local and international volunteer opportunities available for those who want to help animals in need.
People often choose to travel to a different country to help their favorite exotic animals. Some of the centers offer on-site accommodations for international travelers. When searching online for volunteer opportunities make sure to research the wildlife centers thoroughly to ensure their legitimacy. In some cases, what looks to be a volunteer opportunity is a holiday for tourists that includes interactions with wildlife.