About the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre
Since its inception, the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre has given shelter to 1000’s of wild animals. Many of these animals are rehabilitated and released back to the wild. Those that cannot be released are provided with shelter for the rest of their lives.
The Wildlife Rescue Centre is the perfect place for volunteering with animals. We require a team of dedicated volunteers throughout the year. With us, you will have the amazing opportunity to volunteer in Thailand, working with animals and helping us to care for a wide variety of rescued wildlife. The center always needs help from animal lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, whether in the form of volunteer work, donations or professional help such as veterinary experience. Read more below.
Wildlife in Thailand
Thailand has rich, biological diversity. However, human pressures such as overexploitation, habitat loss and habitat degradation, are pushing many of Thailand creatures to the brink of extinction.
Furthermore, young gibbons, macaques, lorises, bears and other wild animals are commonly illegally poached from the wild to be sold as pets, photo props and are used in other inhumane tourist attractions. WFFT is trying its best to get those animals out of the miserable conditions they are living in and to educate both local and international communities about animal welfare and wildlife conservation.
Where feasible, we try to provide the rescued animals within our care with an environment as close to ‘nature’ as possible. Our overall objective will always be to rehabilitate and release these animals back to the wild. Unfortunately for the majority of the animals at the centre, this is often difficult and in some cases, not feasible at all.
Volunteering at WFFT
At the Wildlife Rescue Centre, volunteers usually work long days, around 8-9 hours. But without the invaluable contribution from volunteers, the centre would simply not be able to function. Although physically demanding, the volunteer work at WFFT is highly rewarding.
We take our rescue and rehabilitation work very seriously. Please be aware the WRC is strictly hands-off. Volunteers will have no physical interaction with animals but will help provide essential care. This includes feeding, cleaning enclosures and providing stimulation in the form of behavioural and environmental enrichments.
At the rescue centre, you will work to help so many animal species. This includes six species of gibbon, five species of macaque, lorises, two species of langur, two species of bear, small wild cats, various civet species, reptiles, otters, birds and many more.
All the animals at WFFT have been rescued from sad situations. This includes from the illegal wildlife trade, the pet industry, the tourism and entertainment industry, or directly from the wild, where they may have been victims of road traffic accidents, dog attacks or other human-caused accidents.