Animal project in Australia

  • Animal Center
  • From age 18
  • Australia (Port Douglas)
  • From 4 to 8 weeks
  • English (intermediate)
  • From €2,490 (tax deductible)

In Douglas, Queensland, Australia, join a wildlife park. This mission accepts biology interns. All volunteer programs here.

Join a wildlife center in Australia

This program combines adventure and a change of scenery. And all this in a country with a wildlife that is unique in the world! What's more, you'll have the opportunity to discover and appreciate the rainforest and the coral reef. In fact, in the Queensland region, the Great Barrier Reef joins the rainforests, offering nature lovers superb places and landscapes. Pure marvels of nature!
45 minutes from Cairns, in Douglas, in the wildlife park hosting the program, you'll be looking after Australia's emblematic mammals, such as Koalas, Kangaroos and Wallabies. You'll also rub shoulders with reptiles, fish and a variety of birds, including the famous cassowary... Birdwatching enthusiasts will be delighted!

What volunteers do

You'll be contributing to the preservation of Australia's extraordinary animal species by getting involved in the day-to-day care of the mammals and birds.
The center's residents, especially those recently rescued, require special care and treatment. We also have to take care of their diet.

Tasks are flexible and sometimes physical

  • Preparing feed for animals
  • Cleaning and maintenance of animal enclosures and the park
  • Leaf picking and distribution for Koala
  • Setting up displays and presentations for visitors
  • Identification and collection of endemic plants
  • Assistance in caring for injured and orphaned animals
  • Reflection on improving living conditions for animals
  • Nest and feeder construction and maintenance
  • Collecting and sorting data on threats to species preservation
  • Hosting students for environmental and biological internships

Supervised by specialists such as environmentalists and animal caretakers, an internship program for students is also available. This long-term internship takes place on two sites: the main site in Port Douglas and the second, in a 40-hectare endemic flora and fauna protection center 30 minutes north of Cairns.

Duration: from 4 weeks to 8 weeks
Start: every two weeks, volunteers are expected in Cairns on Mondays. They begin the program on Tuesday.

  • 4 weeks: €2,490 / €830.17 after tax deduction*.
  • 6 weeks: €3,290 / €1,096.89 after tax deduction
  • 8 weeks: €4,090 / €1,363.61 after tax deduction

Included in the price
Accommodation, lunch (on working days), daily transport Cairns/Douglas; Certificate of participation issued by Wet Tropics Management Society; training.

Not included in the price
Air tickets; travel insurance; dinners and breakfast; excursions outside the program; airport transfer

Mission eligible for tax deduction *.

The partner association's educational mission and its commitment to environmental and social development mean that it is considered to be an association of general interest. As a result, people who participate in and contribute to the projects are able to deduct up to 66% (in France) of the sums involved from their taxable income.

  • Location: Cairns and Port Douglas, Queensland.
  • From age 18
  • 4 to 8 weeks
  • Intermediate level of English


Includes one night in a youth hostel in Cairns on the day of arrival (Monday evening) and 2 nights in the same hostel in Cairns on your return from Port Douglas (Saturday and Sunday).
Ecovolunteer volunteers sleep in mixed dormitories (with the possibility of upgrading to single rooms). Hostels have comfortable, air-conditioned rooms, kitchens and modern facilities.
In Port Douglas, volunteers stay in a youth hostel about a 10-minute drive from the project...


The partner association

Le partenaire is a 1901 association registered in France, whose mission is to encourage participation in ethical and sustainable development projects. It connects NGOs, social action associations and government structures with volunteers. It promotes solidarity and participative travel. The partner is a certified WYSE Travel Confederation Member. WYSE is a global non-profit organization representing youth and student travel stakeholders worldwide. It is also a member of the AFNOR commission for the development of the international standard on responsible tourism, a member of the International Mobility Committee, certified as an Australian specialist, accredited by the international group ICEF, a member of EAIE (European Center of Expertise, Networking and Resources for the Internationalization of Higher Education) and a member of the travel4impact Network. All missions with Freepackers

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