If you're organising a holiday to an animal sanctuary, planning a work/volunteer experience or wishing to donate, you can find ethical animal protection sanctuaries and organisations here on the WASP site. Click here for our MAP guide. All sanctuaries have day visits and volunteer programs.
One Ocean Diving is a free diving and snorkelling experience with marine life of Hawaii. They are the official sponsor of the not-for-profit shark and marine conservation group, ®WATER INSPIRED waterinspired.org in association with Ocean Ramsey oceanramsey.com. Your contribution goes to support the ongoing research programs covering shark biology and physiology and how it plays into their behaviour, body language, and responses to humans and equipment in close proximity. The information shared, learned, and the guided experience helps to reduce the risk of adverse shark-human interactions both inside and outside of the program. This is the best chance to see sharks, whales, dolphins, turtles, and other big schools of fish. In water shark sightings guaranteed.
Centre Wildlife Care (CWC) is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers in Port Matilda US. The Centre cares for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife with the purpose of releasing them safely back into their natural habitat.
The Jaguar Rescue Center is a temporary or permanent home for ill, injured and orphaned animals. With a focus on birds, reptiles, amphibians and small primates, the JRC provides veterinary services, round-the-clock care and comfort to animals that would otherwise be unable to survive in the rainforest or the sea of the Caribbean.
ONCA has been set up to run and promote action on welfare, animal conservation and preservation through the creation of a custody and management ceentre for wildlife rehabilitation in Rurrenabaque. We support indigenous communities, as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions in the development and implementation of conservationist projects. Along with our wider goals the centre re-houses animals that have fallen victim to the illegal pet trade and rehabilitates them where possible. Volunteering info here
Projeto Mucky, is a Not of Profit Organisation that has been caring for and rehabilitating primates in Brazil for 30 years now. These animals have been victims of animal trafficking, different kinds of abuse, accidents near urban areas.
This centre is mainly engaged in animal welfare, environmental education, the process of awareness on illegal wildlife trafficking, research and conservation of wildlife. Most species here have been brought in by the MAE (Ministry of Environment) and the Environmental Police for rehabilitation after being rescued or confiscated from traffickers or people who threaten their habitats.
Pilpintuwasi is a wildlife rescue and temporary custody centre located on 20 hectares of land in the village of padre Cocha - Iquidos - Peru. We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting animals affected by poaching and trafficking industry which thrives in Iquitos. We welcome daily visitors and volunteers to our conservation park. Volunteers have a few low cost options for bed and board in Padre Cocja by staying with a local family or in a hostel, depending on preferences. Costs range from 20-30 soles daily for these options ($6-10 USD). We can help you arrange all this before you arrive.
Ikamaperu in Peru has two centres: one in the Alto Mayo valley near the town of Moyobamba named Tarangué. This centre focusses primarily on the conservation of the Andean Titi monkey, as well as other local fauna.
The Wildlife Rescue Centre of Esperanza Verde provides shelter for dislocated native animals, most of them confiscated from illegal trade, and some have been abandoned by previous owners. The centre offers them a place to live out their lives peacefully, healthfully, in their natural environment.
For more than 20 years CIWY has cared for rescued wildlife, given disadvantaged youth a sense of purpose through involvement with wildlife care, and educated the Bolivian public to respect wildlife. Our largest focus continues to be aiding animals affected by the animal trade, although in more recent years we have focused more of our attention on preventing the illegal animal trade that is the culprit behind the need for our work. As Bolivia’s leading organization in wildlife rights and care, we hope to make drastic changes in our country’s view of wild animals and make strides in ending a cruel trade that removes them from their natural homes. We welcome volunteers from around the world to assist us in caring for our animals. You will be involved in activities such as exercise, providing enrichment, cleaning, and feeding. You might also be asked to assist with maintenance projects and construction. Over 7,000 international individuals have volunteered with us in the past 20 years.
To help stop the suffering, Free the Bears works with communities and organisations throughout Asia and trains local staff with all the skills needed to continue to fight animal cruelty for generations to come. We need to work with local groups to change attitudes and raise awareness of the wildlife trade including local schools and organisations, and with universities and other institutions to conduct critical research. We must also work with government and law enforcement agencies in order to create and implement sufficient legal framework to combat wildlife traders, and with other charities to best utilise all our resources.
The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) is a research-based conservation charity dedicated to studying the whale shark and fostering community-focused conservation initiatives in the Maldives and the greater Indian Ocean.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is a NFP organisation that is committed to protecting and increasing populations of threatened wildlife in Vietnam by rescuing threatened animals, protecting entire populations and ensuring secured habitats. We act to identify and select the best solutions which encompass high conservation value, are scientifically based, consider human requirements and empower people to take informed action.
BLES is passionately devoted to creating a safe and natural home for Thai elephants. We care for rescued and retired elephants, allowing them to interact freely within 500 acres of forested land. There are no performances - just elephants.
The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) is a non-governmental organization committed to developing a sustainable model for wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka. Our focus is on helping people, elephants and other wildlife co-exist peacefully. Our unique model involves a fully inclusive conservation strategy. We simultaneously pursue three key strategies to successfully fulfill our mission and achieve our goals and objectives, including:
• Field research
• Applied conservation
• Sustainable economic development
SLWCS is highly committed to developing practical solutions that mitigate wildlife-human conflict, environmental damage, climate change, and biodiversity loss, and that address sustainable livelihoods, land use, and rural poverty issues. Our focus is on helping people, elephants and other wildlife co-exist peacefully.
The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) is the only sun bear conservation centre in the world. It was founded in Sabah, Malaysia in 2008 with two aims:
• to provide care and rehabilitation to rescued sun bears; and
• to increase awareness of sun bears internationally.
These aims work to ensure the absolute right of every bear to live in the forest
Wanicare - Cikananga Wildlife Center is a non profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and its habitat in Indonesia. The main activity of the center is to provide manpower to facilitate confiscated wild animals and re-introduce them back to their natural habitat. The rescue project cares for over 320 animals of different animal species from reptiles, birds to carnivores and primates.
Save Elephant Foundation is a Thai non–profit organization dedicated to providing care and assistance to Thailand’s captive elephant population through a multifaceted approach involving local community outreach, rescue and rehabilitation programs, and educational ecotourism operations.
Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help. We have been involved in dozens of rescues which have created our thriving elephant herd. The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals under our care.
The Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary transforms the way humans think, interact and behave toward the keeping of large carnivores. The sanctuary’s ultimate goal is to minimize the number of large carnivores being kept in captivity and to highlight the direct link between the cub petting industry and the ‘canned’ hunting industry, by educating the unsuspecting public to the horrors associated with this unscrupulous practise. Ultimately we would like to see both practises outlawed. The sanctuary aims to maximize efforts towards keeping carnivores in their natural habitats and is currently home not only to lion, but spotted hyena, striped hyena and black leopard.
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, which is part of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, offers a lifeline to these wild animals in distress, wherever possible releasing them back into the wild where they belong. Those that can’t be released live out their days in large natural enclosures where they can roam semi-freely. Whilst most rescues come from within Malawi, a few animals have been rescued from abuse and captivity in other countries, two of the most famous residents being Bella and Simba who were both rescued by Born Free.
Birds of Eden houses the World's largest dome sanctuary for birds. It incorporates a mysterious ruin, a walk-behind waterfall and amphitheatre, which seats over 200 visitors. The sanctuary was created for the safe environment of a large collection of free-flight African birds, miniature monkeys. The sanctuary also provides a protected area for bird owners to apply to release their pet birds after undergoing rehabilitation.