Volunteer Opportunity

Animal Care: Rescue and Protection of Exotic Animals (Amazon Rainforest Peru)

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NGO Taxi
Salvaçion, Peru, Peru
Published 2 months ago
Animal Care: Rescue and Protection of Exotic Animals (Amazon Rainforest Peru)

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! Our projects in Peru are still closed, but all of our PROJECTS IN ECUADOR have already been receiving volunteers again since October 2020 !

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The Project:

This is your chance to live and work in the Amazon jungle!

This animal rescue and protection project, located in the Peruvian Amazon, rescues animals that were previously smuggled out of the rainforest, and rehabilitates them in their natural habitat.

As a volunteer, you’ll perform a wide variety of tasks ie. prepare natural living space, do educational work related to the topic of animal protection and, of course, feed and care for the animals. Since the project is without public funding, volunteer workers are urgently needed.


Problem: Illegal wildlife trading! Peru is extremely biologically diverse, but its enforcement of wildlife trading laws is unfortunately weak, creating the perfect market for traffickers. Rare, endangered and native animal species are being illegally smuggled out of the amazon rainforest.

Capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys and parrots are popular in the pet trade. A remarkable variety of other animals are also trafficked, including tapirs, sloths, wild pigs, armadillos, caimans, boa constrictors, anacondas and turtles. When being trafficked the animals are locked in extremely small cages, fed badly and kept close to other species which gives rise to stress and the spread of disease.

Solutions: An indigenous Harakmbut family has recently obtained some land for an endangered species reserve. They are maintaining this project without any public funds of any sort for the shelter, food and care of the animals. For this reason they urgently request international assistance in the form of volunteers and donations.

The animals cared for on-site, were smuggled out of the Amazon jungle and were abused or misused as exhibit specimens or kept as pets. Once rescued, the animals are cared for within their natural environment and are given veterinary care when possible. The animals are rehabilitated with the aim to release them back into the wild if they are strong enough to survive, else they are kept safe and cared for at the reserve. With your work in the animal rescue project, you will be actively supporting the preservation of endangered animal species within the biosphere of Manu National Park that was declared a world heritage culture site by UNESCO in 1978.

This project aims to:

  • Find and rescue animals that were illegally smuggled out of their natural habitat.
  • Care for medically, feed and shelter these animals for as long as they need.
  • Rehabilitate and reintroduce the animals back into the wild, if they are strong enough to survive.
  • Educate the local community and visitors to the reserve about the dangers of illegal wildlife trafficking, the animals and their wonderful natural environment.
  • Create a bond between the environment and the community.
  • Create a sustainable operations procedure to keep this reserve running.
  • Provide an inspiring, educational and enjoyable opportunity for volunteers to learn about and protect some of the most unique and exceptional wildlife in the world.
  • Protect and conserve this truly magical and irreplaceable natural environment so that its wildlife can continue to flourish and its splendor can be enjoyed by all.


As a volunteer within this animal rescue project, you’ll have the opportunity to tackle a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Provide animals* with protection, food and care.
  • Monitor their health and general welfare.
  • Prepare natural habitat areas for the animals, i.e. by planting a wide variety of tropical plants and by doing construction work, including the creation of natural paths on-site.
  • Help keep the compound clean.
  • Work in the garden.
  • Assist with the construction of shelters.
  • Guide visitors through the animal shelter, deliver information about the animals and explain the project’s objectives regarding reintegrating the animals into the wild.
  • Provide conceptual support and help establish sustainable operational procedures for the animal protection project.
  • Collect and maintain data on animal numbers and do research according to established guidelines.
  • Perform bookkeeping tasks regarding donations made to the project and micro-finance initiatives.
  • Research fundraising possibilities and activities.
  • Do local educational work related to animal rescue and preservation of endangered species.
  • Assist with monitoring tasks by filing reports for NGO Taxi.
  • Maintain a diary of your time with the project (incl. photos and blog/ experience report).
  • Obtain daily provisions, run errands and other administrative tasks.
  • The types of animals we care for at the shelter varies depending on the animals rescued and rehabilitated.

The exact tasks you will be asked to carry out will depend on the current needs and priorities of the project as determined by the camp manager and NGO Taxi management. The tasks stated here are therefore examples of some of the possible types of activities you will be asked to do.

Working hours: You will work on your project 30 hours per week from Monday – Friday. You will work 3 hours in the morning and only 2 hours in the afternoon, due to the afternoon heat. If you so desire, you are welcome to work more.


From the former capital city of the Incas – Cusco, you’ll embark upon a trip that will take you to exotic locations with different climates and diverse plant life within the Amazon rainforest. You will experience breath-taking views of natural phenomena and have contact with indigenous peoples like the Harakmbut. Your ultimate destination spanning the breadth of Peru will be our animal rescue project located east of the Andes on the Amazonian tributary Madre de Dios (Mother of God).


  • Food and accommodation
  • Pick up and transport from airport
  • Welcome dinner
  • Complementary T-Shirt
  • 20-hour intensive Spanish course
  • Transport to project site in the Amazon rainforest (see transportation)
  • 24-hour support


1st month: USD 1199.00

2nd month: USD 1149.00

3rd month +: USD 1099.00

(Our prices are calculated at fair level. They always include your accommodation. Depending on the project, meals are included, too. Your contribution also helps us cover our organizational and administrative costs. It allows us to support our projects and goals, and it provides you with a network you can rely on. If you want to help us reach our goals and objectives even faster we would be extremely grateful for a little donation to our causes!)

For more information about the camp please visit our web site and have a look at ANIMAL RESCUE & PROTECTION IN PERU

Tired of being in lockdown? Do you want to travel again?

! Our projects in Peru are still closed, but all of our PROJECTS IN ECUADOR have already been receiving volunteers again since October 2020 !

We run the same project in Ecuador...

(All you need are…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
  • Time Commitment
    Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
  • Fee Required
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language / Cultural Support Available
  • Groups Welcome
  • Families Welcome
  • International Volunteers Welcome



Amazon Peru

Salvaçion, Peru, PE

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