The sanctuaries listed on the WASP site are considered by us to be ethical.

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.

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One Ocean Diving   
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.


NORTH AMERICAwasp


wildlife bird sanctuary
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.


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Jaguar Rescue Center      TOURS
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.



zoorefugio
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.


merazonia sanctuary ecuador 
Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation centre for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals, located on 250 acres of rainforest, in Mera, Ecuador, South America.



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
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ikama peru sanctuary
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.


esperanza verde sanctuary  
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.


giwy
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.


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free the bears
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.


SLWCS Elephant Conservation Society
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 sanctuary
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
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
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.


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Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary
Kevin Richardson
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.


monkeyland
Monkeyland has as one of its aims, to create awareness about the plight of primates and to show that with a greater understanding of our primate cousins, that we can all live in harmony.

birds of eden
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.


jukani wildlife sanctuary
Our mission is to maintain and manage a sustainable wildlife sanctuary for the various wild cat species and other wildlife in our care.


 Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary
Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK, a project by FOUR PAWS, provides an appropriate, lifelong home for big cats that were kept in inadequate conditions in zoos, circuses or private captivity. The habitat constructed for the big cats offers highest standards including large areas for family groups, facilitation of natural behavior through enrichment and highest standards of medical care as well as highest security standards of enclosures. In LIONSROCK hunting, trading or breeding of big cats is strictly prohibited. All male lions and tigers are vasectomized. Moreover, we don’t interact or allow visitors to interact with wild animals at LIONSROCK.


four paws FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Founded by Heli Dungler in 1988, the organisation strives for improvements in animal welfare through sustainable campaigns and projects. The work is based on substantiated research and scientific expertise as well as intensive national and international lobbying. FOUR PAWS focuses on animals that are directly under human influence: stray dogs and stray cats, farm animals, wild animals and companion animals but also bears, big cats and orang-utans kept in inappropriate housing. With offices in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA FOUR PAWS aims to help animals in need directly and quickly.



Panthera Africa is an environmentally friendly sanctuary for any captive bred big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives. Panthera Africa's main purpose is to be an educational platform where we create awareness about conditions big cats face in captivity, and how animals welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. We are a true sanctuary where no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place. Pathera Africa believes in the connection between both enviromental and wildlife conservation, and aims to become the first "green" big cat sanctuary in South Africa, and run solely on solar energy.


 
Drakenstein Lion Park is an award winning and internationally acclaimed sanctuary for captive born lions that cannot be rehabilitated into the wild. The Park provides these displaced lions with a lifetime home in an enriched environment, where they are treated with compassion and respect and allowed to live out their lives with dignity. As a genuine sanctuary, the Park is not involved in breeding or any form of commercial trade. As a sanctuary we do not allow any form of visitor/animal interaction.


wild cats africa
The mission of Wild Cats World is to contribute to the survival in the wild of the wild cat species, to be a safe place for cats born in captivity or injured cats that cannot be released into the wild again.


vervet monkey sanctuary
Our rehabilitation centre is designed to handle orphaned vervet monkeys of all ages and more specifically designed to cope with large numbers of babies that become orphaned each year. Babies are easily assimilated into our programme and we try to get as many of them out of the hands of the public and into our care. To date, we have successfully rehabilitated hundreds of babies. They were rehabilitated and raised within a natural environment and retained a high degree of their natural fear of humans.  Our programme can return an orphaned baby monkey back into a wild state in four to eight weeks, this is achieved by introducing a baby to a female in one of our resident troops living in natural environments at our centre.


karoo wildlife centre
Karoo Wildlife Sanctuary has just purchased property which will be known as  Karoo Wildlife Centre. They will be taking occupation in August 2015, and will be open to volunteer requests from that time onwards. At this point we are waiting approval from Nature Conservation authorities to assess the centre and given us permits to look after and release wildlife, there will be no animals to care for at the Centre until permits are in place. Until that time, we will be building the infrastructure and other preparatory work.


Elephant Orphanage Project - Game Rangers International
Welcome to the Lilayi Elephant Nursery, a part of the GRI - Elephant Orphanage Project. Situated in the beautiful 650 hectare Game Farm of Lilayi Lodge, the Lilayi Elephant Nursery is home to the youngest members of our rescued elephant calves. Here they receive the dedicated care needed to get through the vital, vulnerable early months and years of rehabilitation before they are taken to the Kafue Release Facility and greater exposure to wild elephants and their new home in the Kafue National Park, before being released back into the wild.



SanWild Wildlife Trust's main objective was to set-up a emergency wildlife rescue service and rehabilitation center to help injured, orphaned, traumatized, unwanted or misplaced wild animals.  It was however also essential to ensure that such rescued wild animals had a places of safety where they could be returned to the wild to resume their lives amongst others of their own kind and play a meaningful role in the conservation of their species. Since its inception in 2000 the SanWild Wildlife Trust has rescued and released thousands of wild animals including some of Africa's most endangered highly endangered species such as cheetah, African wild dog, Sharpe's grysbok, Cape pangolin, both white and black rhinos and elephants.  Our area of operation has grown from a small 21 hectare small holding to a stunning wildlife reserve spanning over 6000 hectares.


love lions alive project
The Love Lions Alive project took on the task of keeping a whole reserve of lions alive, protecting them from sale for hunting or for body parts. We are a Lion Sanctuaries that rescues lions from zoos, circuses and the lion hunting industry. We have volunteer programmes in place for weekly and monthly stays whilst educating, building and covering environmental issues these lions have to face.


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Eco Reserve Spain
Our view is to open to the public a protected space rich in life where people can be in contact with nature, learn to love it and preserve it, creating employment and value in the territory. Our mission is for the conservation of nature and the custody of native fauna, to seek their well-being, by ourselves or with the help of others. To provide an attractive environmental education experience: to inspire, inform and educate people about the importance of respect for wildlife, conservation of the land and care for the environment. We contribute to sustainable development that generates resources and takes care of the environment.


Libearty Bear Sanctuary    AMP Bears Romania

Libearty is the largest brown bears’ sanctuary in the world, administered by Millions of Friends Association. We also have a rescue centre for dogs, cats, horses, donkeys and other animals.
Your donations help us feed the bears, provide necessary medical treatment, care for the forest sanctuary, maintain the facilities created for bears such as pools, fences and dens in good conditions and also save other bears who are still in captivity in Romania.

You can donate to Libearty here



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