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Care for Animals in a Rehabilitation Centre in Perth in Australia


Volunteering, gap year and career break in Australia

A rewarding opportunity to volunteer at a fascinating Wildlife Rehabilitation centre that provides medical care and rehabilitation to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife throughout the whole of Perth.

You'll assist in taking care of a variety of different mammals, reptiles and birds that need help, as well as working with plants and trees, habitat restoration and heritage protection. like wallabys, possoms, kangaroos, lizards, tortoises, snakes and a range of different birds, such as cockatoos and swallows and many more!


PRICES Please see the Prices Page - prices for all projects and all lengths are listed and you can also choose which currency you'd like to see them in.
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates. Programs begin every Thursday, therefore you should plan to arrive in Perth on a Thursday. Inductions take place on the Friday, you then have the weekend free to explore Perth, ready to start working at the Project on Monday.
Duration 3 weeks to 12 weeks, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 18, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm).
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Payment Protection Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
  • Airport pickup and return (but we can arrange this for you)
  • Food
  • Daily transport to and from your project
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.


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They have many animal species, like pelicans, kangaroos and even at times penguins. Some of the wildlife has to stay at the Centre for a long time before they can be released because certain things have to be taken into account, such as the time of year, if there is sufficient water around, bad or stormy weather, release sites and habitat re-development Another important aspect is the number of animals in the area and whether the area can sustain them without risk of over-population.

The type of work is very varied, depending on the time of year. The range of activities you may undertake includes:

  • Caring for the animals and birds, including cleaning enclosures and cages.
  • Preparing food and water for the animals.
  • Filling the duck and swan pond.
  • Assisting with compiling medical records for all new animals that are brought to the Centre.
  • Checking the animal diet board to ensure that the sick or injured animals are receiving the meals that have been specified for them.
  • Cleaning the hospital boxes and tanks.
  • You may be able to assist with animal captures, but this will depend on a number of factors, such as whether the animal is dangerous, what type of terrain it is stranded in, and whether there are captures while you're there.
  • Surveys and monitoring
  • Ground maintenance: This includes tasks such as: checking the upkeep of the animal enclosures; checking the hoses and fixing them if required; checking the various pieces of equipment and reporting which need replacing or repairing, in order to ensure things are kept to the best standard possible
  • Gardening and Laundry
  • Help in the office with some administration

Animal welfare: the Centre has the policy that the feelings and mental welbeing of the animals, not the people, comes first! The centre brings in wild animals that are in desperate need of help, so you should be prepared for the fact that some of these injured or abused animals die and some have to be put to sleep.

You may also be able to assist with the various school groups that come to the Centre on educational outings. They usually have at least one group a week.

Education and Training Programmes: You may also get involved in the many different education and training programs that are open to the public. They have a course suitable for any interested person, young or old. These include general training in wildlife care, work experience, training for vets and vet students in native animal care and handling, one-off tours and talks for school groups

Hours can vary, depending on the work which needs to be done, the time of year, season etc. You will generally work 5 days a week, often with early starts, but generally from around 8.00 to 3.00 or 9.00 to 4.00. Days may include weekends but you will have two days off a week. 

Please note that the work that you'll be involved in depends on what is available at the time of your placement.


  • You should be a hands-on person who loves the outdoors.
  • You should be in good health and reasonably fit and able to work in a team.
  • You must be prepared for some hard physical work, especially during the summer time when it can get extremely hot. You must be willing to get stuck in and get your hands dirty.
  • Also flexible and be prepared to move around the City and be willing to go wherever you're needed.
  • Very Important - you will need to use your initiative and be very proactive, be patient and determined.
  • Like most conservation work, there are spiders and snakes in some locations, so you should reconsider this project if you have a fear of these.
  • Lastly, self-reliance and independence will help you make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

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Care for Animals in a Rehabilitation Centre in Perth in Australia

Three birds fortunate to be rescued


Your accommodation is a lovely Hostel located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth - very central, close to the main train station and shopping district. The Hostel is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long term stays.

You'll most likely have your own room, but will share a bathroom with others on your floor. There is an excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Entertainment at the Lodge currently includes a pool table, cheap internet access, arcade machines and cable TV (Foxtel), to name a few, but with all the sunshine Perth has, you’ll be out and about enjoying the many outdoor activities!

You are literally a stroll from the Swan River and free CBD transport. Trains and buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to Fremantle, King’s Park or to the many other things to do in the region!

The city centre boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs, or you can head over to Northbridge for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine.

You'll get to work via bus, which stops outside your accommodation.


Not included in this project. We recommend a weekly budget of AUD$70 - $100

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You will fly into Perth airport (Perth is the capital city of Western Australia). The following day you'll be given an Induction and Orientation.

A little about Perth:

Perth was built on the banks of the magnificent Swan River over 150 years ago and is now a city rich in culture and filled with theatres, art galleries and museums. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun, friendly and 'laid back' place, with clear skies and a sunny climate.

Western Australia is locally known as the 'state of excitement!' Some of its more famous attractions include Kings Park, Scarborough Beach, Fremantle and the Swan River. Fremantle (or as the local’s call it, ‘Freo’) is the city’s port and is rich in history.

At weekends there are lots of markets, alfresco style cafes and other outdoor types of entertainment to explore and discover.

About Australia and Perth

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