Helping rescued wildlife, giving them a second chance in life!

Dutch-born Edwin Wiek founded the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand, in early 2001. This centre has given shelter to a large number of different wild animals, some of them for a short period and for some it will continue to give shelter for the rest of their lives. The Wildlife Rescue Centre is the perfect place for volunteering with animals abroad and volunteers are needed all year round. With us, you will have the amazing opportunity to volunteer in Thailand, working with animals and helping us to care for a wide variety of rescued wildlife.

At the centre you will find 6 species of gibbons, 5 species of macaques, lorises, 2 species of bears, small and larger wild cats, civets, crocodiles and exotic birds. WFFT wildlife volunteers are required to make a cash donation to the project they participate in; these contributions are essential to keep the projects running and to allow us to embark on new projects and keep on expanding so we can help even more animals in need. However, this requirement may be waived under special circumstances. For instance, the rescue centre is in constant need of clinical equipment and medicines. In lieu of this type of donation, we would not require you to make any additional payment, although the exact details of such an agreement would need to be discussed before your stay. For veterinary professionals with experience in wild animal medicine the fee can also be waived.

Our centre tries to provide all of these animals with enclosures and living conditions as close to “nature” as possible. Our overall objective will always be to rehabilitate these animals back into the wild, but for a large percentage of rescued animals this will be difficult. The centre always needs help from animal lovers whether in the form of volunteer work, donations or professional help such as veterinary experience.

The centre would not be able to run without the hard work of the volunteers and the generosity of those who provide financial support in the way of donations. If you feel you can and want to help out as a volunteer or donator please contact us.

Short and long-term volunteering stays are possible; however, volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of one week. As a general rule, stays less than a week is not permitted.

The financial contribution you make to the centre supports the costs of caring for the elephants and for your food and accommodation.

The accommodation is in simple bungalows within the centre. Each bungalow has its own (European style) toilet and shower and are mainly either two or three bedded. There is a large kitchen within the main volunteer house for making breakfast and hot drinks. Lunch and dinner are cooked for you. A positive attitude towards group living and teamwork is essential. Your stay at the centre will be basic and you will be expected to help with housework duties and keeping the volunteer house clean and tidy.

In order to become an wildlife volunteer with us you need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • You must be in good physical condition and be able to tolerate a hot and humid climate.
  • You must be able to speak English.
  • You must be 18 years old or over.
  • You must have a positive and practical attitude towards animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

Prices to volunteer at the wildlife rescue centre with WFFT are:

1 week participation: 350 € or $455

2 weeks participation: 550 € or $715

3 weeks participation: 675 € or $875

6 weeks participation: 1050 € or $1350

8 weeks participation: 1300 € or $1690

Any additional week: 125 € or $150

The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets as we value a longer commitment !

Once again, thank you for your interest in our organization and projects.

You can ask for additional information about our projects, including conditions for volunteering with animals and costs. If you are interested in a volunteer position with our animals at the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand, please send an e-mail or letter of motivation via email to volunteer@wfft.org explaining your interest in the project, a brief paragraph about yourself and your proposed length of stay.

Better still, you can download an application form here…

Can’t choose which project to volunteer with? You can do both! We offer combination experience which allows you to volunteer with both Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) and Elephant Refuge and Education Centre (EREC) projects.

For those combinations, please follow this link.