Australia Wildlife Sanctuary - Kangaroo Island
You’ll be involved in full-on essential conservation work from hard-core tree planting and maintenance to counting koalas!
Become a wildlife volunteer in Australia and help protect some of Australia’s unique wildlife.You’ll be involved in full-on essential conservation work from hard-core tree planting and maintenance to counting koalas!
Eco tourism is at its best in Australasia and our wildlife sanctuary programme on Kangaroo Island offers a unique blend of tourism and conservation and ultimately an amazing experience for you!
- Help protect one of Australia’s wildlife hotspots
- Safeguard Kangaroo Island’s flora by conserving its trees and plants
- Make a direct contribution to the island’s economy
- Stay in fantastic, pristine bushland
- Work close-by wallabies, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and koalas
- Learn about the endangered animals of Australia
The Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at the Western end of Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The Sanctuary was first established in 1997, covers an area of 2,230 hectares, with 6km of spectacular coastline and is the largest privately owned conservation property on KI. Within the sanctuary you will find many different species including wallabies, kangaroos, pigmy possums, echidnas, koalas and possums. The area is also a bird watcher's paradise, with many species calling the sanctuary home.
The sanctuary’s conservation work is funded by beachfront accommodation; a backpacker lodge, guided nocturnal tours and self guided koala tours. This is truly an exceptional place with its abundant wildlife and pristine coastline. The animals live free in their natural habitat and environment, which the sanctuary offers them. Nocturnal tours are conducted each evening to give visitors to the Island the ultimate wildlife experience.
How have previous volunteers helped the project? We asked our in-country team...
“Our Volunteer participants have been involved in many areas of Conservation and Animal Protection.
From endless amounts of native tree planting, which helps to provide food for our beloved Koalas and habitat for our wildlife, to important collection of data from our Surveys that are carried out regularly.
The volunteers actions have helped to provide vital information to groups such as “Dolphin Watch KI”&” Department of Natural Resources SA.
Our Volunteers have done extensive erosion control, seed collections and helped to create nature Walks that enable visitor’s to experience and fall in love with what’s so special about the sanctuary.
We have a growing population of wildlife that has returned to our Sanctuary now that so much work has been achieved, from echidnas to bandicoots and of course our Koalas.
Without the contribution from our volunteers towards this commitment, we would not have been able to come this far.”
Once you have arrived at the sanctuary, you will be given a detailed orientation and tour by the programme coordinator. This is a great opportunity to ask questions. Topics covered will include;
- An introduction to the sanctuary
- Health and safety briefing
- Workplace ethics
- Meals and accommodation
- An introduction to the area
- What you can do in your free time
Activities you may be involved in include:
- Planting trees and shrubs
- Sedge planting
- Conservation work
- Maintaining paths
- Assisting with cleaning and laundry
- Fence maintenance
- Monitoring Koalas, observing and taking note of their behaviour
- Assisting with tourists/visitors
- Participating in Guided tours
- Weed control
- Assist in survey and monitoring of animals
Honey is made at the sanctuary so at times you can be involved in scraping and packaging honey
Please note: Itineraries and activities are subject to change
- Transfer from Kingscote to the sanctuary
- Volunteer project
- Food for you to prepare your own meals
- Certificate of Achievement
- Volunteer t-shirt
What's Not Included
- All flights
- Return transport from Adelaide to Kingscote
- Travel insurance
- Attraction fees
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers are housed in the Farmhouse in shared accommodation which includes a large kitchen, lounge, dining area and games room. Volunteers will stay in single-sex shared bedrooms and there are two bathrooms in the house. There are plenty of DVDs, books and magazines to entertain you (dvd player has a USB option should you want to bring your own). There is also a wood fire for cooler evenings. Full linen is supplied during your stay. There is WiFi at the nearby Visitor Centre, which you can use when it's available.
Food provisions will be provided weekly and there is a fully-equipped kitchen in your quarters for preparing breakfast and dinners. You and your fellow volunteers will cook as a team (sharing the cooking and clean-up responsibilities).
Your flight to Australia should arrive at Adelaide Airport at least the day before your programme start date, and your return flight should be arranged for the day after your programme end date. This is to give you time to get a ferry or flight from Adelaide to Kingscote. The transfer to and from Kingscote to the project is only available on your start and end date between strict times of 10:30am and 2:30pm. More details on how to book flights and travel which coincides with these times will be provided once you have booked.
Duration: 2 weeks.
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