The first of its kind in Laos, the LWRC is a multi-species centre that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases wildlife caught up in the illegal wildlife trade, back to a life in the wild. Lao PDR is sadly a hotspot for the illegal wildlife trade in South East Asia, due to this and the scale of our project, all volunteers at LWRC make a direct impact to the wildlife here in Laos.
At the LWRC we currently care for a huge variety of species numbering just under 600 animals, some of these include Macaques, Gibbons, Hornbills, Slow Loris, Bears, Crocodiles, Deer, Civets, Jackals, Elephant, Leopard, Binturong, Reptiles and many others. We have husbandry and enrichment programmes that enable our volunteers to see how they directly impact and improve the lives of hundreds of animals every single day.
Volunteers will work in supervised teams to feed, water and clean up after our wildlife, take part in our daily enrichment schedule where they can observe natural behaviors brought on by their work, as well as building new enclosures for animals, renovating old enclosures, and general maintenance around the centre.
The LWRC itself is located an approximate 90-minute drive away from the capital city of Vientiane. The volunteer arrival and departure day is the Sunday of each week, staff at the LWRC will provide transportation to and from the Centre.Volunteers at the LWRC are accommodated on-site in 5 bungalows, each with 2 beds, giving the LWRC a total capacity of 10 volunteers at one time.3 meals are provided a day for the volunteers, this is a mix of local and western food served in the centre's on site restaurant. Our kitchen staff is able to accommodate meat, vegetarian, or vegan diets.
- Animal Care / Handling
- Animal Therapy
- Environmental Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- 1 week minimum commitment, no maximum
- Must be able to speak English well, be hardworking and have a positive attitude