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Bat Conservation and rehabilitation

Project name:

Tolga Bat Hospital

Project purpose:

Bat Conservation and rehabilitation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

400

Terrestrial

Australia

Australia and New Zealand

1 Ratings

1

Direct benefits you gain:

  • remote scenic location

  • field research skills

Noteworthy conservation points:

Accommodation:

Multiple options: shared apartment, shared tent, single room

When does the project run?

Facilities:

food included, accommodation included, wifi, western toilets, showers, no phone signal (can go to the local town to receive phone signal), cater for vegans

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Cost varies depending on length of Stay (weeks)

Everyone pays a minimum of $35 a day for the first 4 weeks, then the daily rate reduces further. See website for more detail.

Volunteers are needed all year but especially during tick paralysis season when hundreds of adults and orphans come into care. These are the months from October to February. We usually need 4 to 8 full-time people, as well as our dedicated group of local part-time volunteers.

Work at the hospital in tick season is varied. Typically volunteers will help prepare large amounts of food for the adults and orphans; feed/clean/weigh/measure the orphans, clean cages, wash large amounts of bat and human laundry, participate in trips to the rainforest to search or release (depending on season); and help with miscellaneous projects around the hospital. We buy fruit in bulk (apples1000kg and bananas 350kgs) and these need to be unloaded into boxes for storage in fridge or food safe. We make large amounts of banana smoothie on particular days, and this is then stored in the freezer and brought out as required. Caring for sick or young animals is like caring for sick or young humans, many tasks are very repetitive but your love and respect for the animals will make it very rewarding. Some volunteers also help with visitor tours. Outside of tick season the work is less varied and demanding as a lot fewer bats are in care.

During tick paralysis season, volunteers typically work 7 days per week for an average of about 10 -15 hours a day. We try to have some volunteers working late, and others starting early. Early shift starts by 6am, and late shift ends about 11pm. We all work 10 -12 hours a day though at this busy time of the year, with breaks as often as possible.
November is always the busiest month as we can have up to 200 babies being hand-fed 4 times a day. Volunteers unable to commit to this pace are encouraged to live offsite and roster on as it suits. Every effort is made to give long-stay volunteers a break for a few days during the season. Please be aware of your own limits and let someone know if you need help or time off. Outside of tick season we are far more flexible, and days off for excursions or a break can be easily accommodated.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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