Originally founded in 2015 with the cooperation of the Lao government, consulting wildlife NGOs and the Lao Zoo, the Laos Wildlife Rescue Centre is now an independent organization working towards turning the land of the national Lao Zoo into a world-class wildlife rescue centre. 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.
Here we have the facilities to take long term individual students such a placements and also larger group trips. There is a variety of activities that would be of great benefit to students at the centre depending on their areas of interest. We can offer hands-on wildlife husbandry experience and training coached by our management team and coordinators. We can also facilitate individual and group wildlife research projects, such as studies on behaviour, nutrition, health, husbandry, studies monitoring the effects of the illegal wildlife trade and the rehabilitation process.
Students would stay on site, which is the land of Lao Zoo, Laos Wildlife Rescue Centre and our Wildlife Hospital. Depending on the group size we can offer either bungalows or camping. All guests here are provided 3 meals a day, 2 cooked meals and breakfast supplies, which can cater for all dietary requirements. All basic amenities such as hot showers and western toilets are provided.
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- Animal Care / Handling
- Animal Therapy
- Habitat Restoration
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- One week minimum, no maximum
- All volunteers must be able to speak English well, and have an optimistic, hardworking attitude.