Widlife Sanctuary Cusco
The wildlife sanctuary was originally established as a modest, family-operated foundation. Its primary mission is to provide assistance to endangered species, wild animals, and animals that have been subjected to mistreatment, with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating them back into their natural habitats or into appropriate care facilities.
A significant proportion of the animals that currently reside in the sanctuary were confiscated by government authorities due to illegal possession or instances of inhumane treatment. These animals often require specialized care in order to be successfully rehabilitated. However, it’s important to note that not all animals are capable of being rehabilitated. In such cases, these animals spend their remaining days in the sanctuary, where they are provided with special care and maintained under proper conditions that are conducive to their well-being.
Volunteers play a crucial role in the operation of the wildlife sanctuary. They can assist in a wide range of tasks, depending on their availability and skill set. However, volunteers need to be motivated, flexible, and prepared to get their hands dirty. They must also understand that caring for the animals does not equate to playing with them. Their primary responsibility is to ensure the animals’ welfare and well-being.
Some tasks include but are not limited to:
- Feeding the animals
- Cleaning animals enclosures
- Making toys and implements for the animals.
- Preparing proper food for the animals.
- Assisting visitors.
- Creating promotional material.
- Availability: Year-long.
- Program Duration:2-24 weeks.
- Location: 25 mins from Cusco.
- Schedule: 8 am-1pm.Monday to Friday. Work is also available on weekends.
- Notes: An extra fee of us$80 per week is applied for this program.
- Optionally volunteers can stay in the sanctuary in dorms, but must cook for themselves.