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Animal Care in a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Perth



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!

If you do any placement in Perth, an Indigenous (Aborigine) Heritage tour in Kings Park, Perth's No. 1 tourist attraction, is included in your itinerary, free of charge!

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Start Dates Programmes start once a month on a Thursday. Please see Start Dates under Work Content below.
Duration From 3 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements No qualifications required, but you should be adaptable, enthusiastic and lots of initiative. Minimum age 18.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your Program
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection Insurance

Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food, Transport to and from your project, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation and caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas.
Good if you want to learn about rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and care for animals voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in or a short break activity.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Australia and you'll learn about the Aborigine culture that makes this country so fascinating!
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping animals and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Animal Care in a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Perth

Elements of work are diverse - something to suit everyone. The organisation that is totally run by volunteers dedicated to conserving Australia’s threatened wildlife and ecosystems. Injured wildlife is brought into the centre from the general public, veterinary clinics, wildlife centres, rangers and local councils.

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:

    1. Caring for the animals and birds, including cleaning enclosures and cages.
    2. Preparing food and water for the animals.
    3. Filling the duck and swan pond.
    4. Checking the animal diet board to ensure that the sick or injured animals are receiving the meals that have been specified for them.
    5. Cleaning the hospital boxes and tanks.
    6. Surveys and monitoring
    7. 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
    8. Gardening and Laundry
    9. Animal welfare: the Center has the policy that the welbeing of the animals, not the people, comes first! The Center admits native animals that are in desperate need of help, so you should be prepared for the fact that some of these injured or sick animals may die.
    10. You may also be able to assist with the various school groups that come to the Center 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.

"'I absolutely loved my project! Annette was wonderful!! She really made me feel like I had a
support system from the second I met her at the airport."
- Alicia Garcia


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  • 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!

This project will enable you to contribute your time and skills to help the environment, broaden your life experience and work with others who share your love of nature! If you're looking for a broad experience then this project is your answer.

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping me arrange my project in Perth. I had such an amazing time and left with an unforgettable experience. I'll definitely advise 'Travellers' to anybody hoping for a similar opportunity and experience! I'm already planning my return to Australia after I finish University! Thank you again!" Keira Rowsome

Animal Care in a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Perth

Animal Care in a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Perth

Animal Care in a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Perth

Animal Care in a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Perth

Click here to see a photo gallery of the Rehabilitation Center

Your accommodation is located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth, Western Australia. Therefore you are very central, close to the main train station and shopping district.

You'll live in a centrally located lodge that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long term stays. You'll most likely 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.

Click here to visit the Lodges' website for more information.

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 center 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.


Food is not included in this project so you should budget for meals. We feel that a good guide would be a weekly budget of around AUD$70


Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

The Center we work with is a volunteer non-profit organisation set up in 1989 and is run by a registered CALM wildlife carer. In November 1998, land adjacent to the Cockburn Wetland Education Center was leased and developed to provide a natural setting for the treatment and rehabilitation of all types of animals, birds and reptiles, either brought to the center or collected by a Center volunteer.

It is also an ideal location to release many of the animals when fully recovered. Many of the animals are injured while others are sick, distressed or exhausted (particularly big sea birds such as giant petrels blown off course by storms).

The aim of of the Center is to rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned wild life back into their natural environment as soon as possible. Unfortunately some of the animals cannot be returned to the wild because of their injuries. In these cases, they are retained for educational purposes and for breeding. Some of these animals also become foster parents to young injured animals.

The Center is unfunded and relies on donations and a small core of dedicated volunteers. There is little funding available for the care of wildlife, but food and medication still has to be supplied. The Center works in conjunction with local vets, rangers, CALM, RSPCA, and Murdoch University Vet School. The adjacent Cockburn Wetlands Education Center and Yonga Aboriginal Education Center, together with school groups and young adults on work experience provide the center with a steady source of students. The project aims are all based on achieving real conservation results around Perth

Australia is home to more biodiversity than any other developed nation on Earth. In fact Australia is one of the six most bio-diverse nations on the planet - over 80% of its mammals, flowering plants and reptiles are only found in Australia! The flora and fauna is so unique you’ll continually be amazed.

HOW THE CENTRE BEGAN - A brief history by the Karen, the Director
"People often ask how [the Center] came about and the answer really stems back to the day I took my family to Bibra Lake one Sunday for my daughter’s birthday 17 years ago.

We were walking around the front of the lake when we spotted a swan just lying on the bank without movement, mouth open and weak. It was a hot day and we thought it was dehydrated, so not knowing any better we placed it in the water for a drink. This is when we knew it was in trouble because it started to drown. We removed it from the water and I told my husband I was going to take it home and help. He suggested we report it to someone else and let him or her deal with it.

Back home, I started to call around for help but, being a Sunday, everywhere was closed. I knew I wouldn’t rest knowing that the bird needed help and I couldn’t just leave it there. I went back to the lake, found it in the same place and took it home.

This is when I decided this was not right. Animals don’t get sick "nine to five" Mondays to Fridays. I again started calling around for help and this time I located a lady named Helen in Willetton who was knowledgeable on water birds. She was able to give me some information over the phone on how to care for the swan. The following day I met Helen and she explained the bird was suffering from botulism, caused by contaminated water, and she showed me how to treat it properly. She also said there were a few carers who looked after animals in their own back yards.

I went to the lake all week, removed some dead birds and took the sick ones home. In a week I was looking after two swans, three sea gulls and two coots. Unfortunately one sea gull and a coot died but I now realised I could help the sick birds in a small way. The other birds survived and I had great reward in seeing them released back into the wild.

And the rest, as they say, is history. Today we receive over 3000 wild life a year and help with thousands of phone calls for advice. We receive animals from vets, CALM, RSPCA, council rangers and the general public. The center now has over 45 volunteers, who help with the daily cleaning, feeding, pick-ups from vets, rescues of injured wildlife and treatment. We also have work experience students from schools colleges and TAFE working at the center."

Australia's geographical isolation has resulted in the evolution of many delicate ecological relationships that are sensitive to foreign invaders and in many instances provided no natural predators for many of the species subsequently introduced.

In the last 200 years, since European settlement, many plants have been introduced that have caused widespread problems, such as lantana and the prickly pear bush. The introduction and spread of animals such as the cane toad or rabbit can disrupt the existing balances between populations and develop into environmental problems. The introduction of cattle into Australia, and to a lesser extant the dingo, are other examples of species that have changed the landscape. In some cases the introduction of new species can lead to plagues and the extinction of endemic species.

Australia has seen the loss of 70% of her native vegetation, including 75% of her rainforests. Loss of species goes hand in hand with loss of habitat and 23% of mammals have become extinct - the worst mammal extinction rate in the world. Around 20% of Australia's remaining mammals species are now threatened with extinction. Nine percent of birds and 16% of amphibians are either already extinct or extremely vulnerable. These alarming figures indicate how vital the conservation of native Australian wildlife really is.

Australia supports a significant proportion of the world's biodiversity - over 80% of its mammals, flowering plants and reptiles are only found in Australia. The destruction and fragmentation of habitat, particularly as a result of clearance of vegetation for agriculture, and the impact of feral animals and invasive weeds, has had a substantial impact on Australia's biodiversity.

Read about the various Australian animals under threat.

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.


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A successful release back into the wild!

Photo Galleries

Three birds fortunate to be rescued

Cormorant and Pelican eyeing each other

A young kangaroo basking in the sun

Friendly Bobtail Lizard



While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Swim with Wild Dolphins!
Surfing Lessons

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Australia, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country - or perhaps New Zealand - thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

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The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're there. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very, very beautiful.

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 you will find markets, entertainment and plenty of alfresco style cafes to laze in.

Perth has restaurants to suit all tastes - the most popular cuisine is of course the great Australian BBQ. Barbeque facilities are abundant in local parks - take your own food and cook up a feast, Australian style! For meals in local restaurants, a trip to Perth's inner city center is well worth the effort - it bustles with activity and offers a range of choices of restaurants.

Courtesy of Western Australia Tourism - www.westernaustralia.com

  • Fremantle - Spend a few days in Fremantle is an absolute must. Just a 30 minute drive from Perth's city center. Freo, as it's known by locals is a vibrant port city you can't miss.

  • Rottnest Island - Just offshore from Perth, Rottnest Island is where the locals go to swim at white-sand beaches, snorkel in turquoise water over shipwrecks, or kick back and go fishing. Rotto, as it's called locally, is a car-free zone, which adds to its relaxed feel.

  • Margaret River - No trip to Western Australia is complete without a pit stop at Margaret River. Originally a chilled out surfie town, Margaret River has evolved into the ultimate smorgasbord of good food, fine wine and spectacular scenery - just a three-and-a-half hour drive south of Perth.

  • Albany - Prepare to be blown away by Albany's dramatic convict history, set against a backdrop of rugged granite coastline, green seas and a wild beauty that tugs at the heartstrings. Step back in time and explore convict jails, old taverns, whaling ships and settlers' cottages and grand National Trust homes in beautifully landscaped grounds.

  • Denmark - You'll fall in love with Denmark - where towering tall trees meet the ocean. The town has a relaxed village atmosphere, romantic timber milling history and incredible coastal scenery.

  • Ningaloo Reef - Take a dive with hundreds of tropical fish, amazing coral formations and the world's biggest fish, the whale shark, at unspoilt Ningaloo Reef.

  • Monkey Mia - Monkey Mia is one of Western Australia's most famous dolphin watching destinations.

  • Shark Bay - The Shark Bay World Heritage Area was Western Australia's first World Heritage Listed site and one of only 16 Australia wide that fit all four selection criteria. Shark Bay's wilderness and natural wonders make for a unique vacation.

  • The Pinnacles - The extraordinary ancient rock formations that make up the Pinnacles are located about a three-hour drive north of Perth near the coastal town of Cervantes.

  • Kalgoorlie - Get ready for a heady trip to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia's largest goldfields town famed for its fascinating gold rush history, fabulous old buildings and old gold miners' ghost towns.

  • Esperance - For squeaky-white beaches, getting off the beaten track and bunking down under the stars, head south to Esperance. This place is so relaxed even the kangaroos sun bake on the beach.

  • Bunbury - The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury, just two hours drive south of Perth, is located on a spectacular peninsular surrounded by blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Inlet.

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.

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