Wildlife volunteering programs offer a great way for someone to experience the rich biodiversity of India. Firsthand, on the ground and out of the relative safety and comfort of a tourist vehicle. They provide you with a wonderful insight into the various wildlife conservation and research activities going on in the country. So its time for you to get off that couch, turn Animal Planet off and go live you own wildlife adventure.
The following are some out of the various of the volunteering programs available in the country. The list is by no means comprehensive, i'll keep it updated whenever i come across a new program. You can also help by leaving a comment about any program that is not there in the list and i'll update the post accordingly.
Do keep in mind that these programs are not 'mere' holidays. Some level of physical fitness is required for long walks in the jungle and there are always some dangers involved in working in the forests with wild animals around.
The Madras Crocodile Bank.
Agumbe Rainforest Research Station
Please visit their website or email [email protected] to get more details on their volunteering program.
Sea Turtle conservation programs.
Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network - Chennai
During the nesting season (between December and April) they conduct walks along the beach in Chennai (from Neelankarai to Besant Nagar) looking for Turtle eggs and relocate them to a safe place. 45 days later when the hatchlings emerge they safely release them into the sea.
Email [email protected] to sign up for the walks. More details on their website.
Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee - Orissa
The mouth of the Rushikulya river on the Orissa coast is one of the most important breeding areas for the Oliver Ridley turtle in India. A group of motivated village boys of Purunabandha village, Ganjam, near Rushikulya formed the Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee (RSTPC) aimed at protecting the nesting turtles.
Email [email protected] for volunteering opportunities.
Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra - Maharashtra
The Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra organizes sea turtle conservation programs along the Maharashtra coast. Check their website or their facebook page for details on how to participate.
Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS), Bangalore
Please check out the 'News' page of their website for more information on their upcoming volunteer programs.
Additional volunteering information is available in the Wildlife Conservation Society of India's webpage.
Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society
Get in touch with them at [email protected] for volunteering opportunities.
Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra and Maharashtra Pakshimitra - Maharashtra
The Maharashtra Pakshimitra is a platform for bird watchers from all over Maharashtra to get together to raise awareness regarding bird conservation and conduct bird census and many other programmes. 500Rs gets you a lifetime membership in the organization and enables you to take part in their various activities.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Environmental Team (ANET)
The exact costs for the volunteer program is not mentioned, and may depend on the time of the year and other considerations. For more details on how to apply for their volunteer program please contact them on [email protected]
Details of the ANET volunteer program.
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