It's difficult to talk generally about our conservation projects
as each one is different - so we're not going to! Here's a bit about
each of them, click on the links to find out more.
Ghana - Kakum National
India - Turtle
Mexico - Turtle
Mexico - Animal Rehabilitation Project (coming soon)
China - Panda
Ghana – Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is one of Ghana’s most important visitor
attractions, and protects 350sq.km of the rainforest that once covered
great swathes of West Africa. Among the 40 or so species of large
mammals that inhabit the park is a population of rare Africa forest
Our initial projects will focus on rehabilitating and further developing
several jungle trails that will give visitors greater access to
the park. As well as the physical work of clearing the pathways,
we will provide signs, information boards and brochures that will
allow visitors to make self-guided tours and learn far more about
the flora and fauna of the rainforest. Once work on the trials has
been completed, further projects will include building an observation
tower for elephant viewing.
Turtle projects - India and Mexico
Thousands of the Olive Ridley turtles come ashore each year to
nest and lay eggs on the eastern coast of India and the Pacific
coast in Mexico. Each turtle will lay several eggs but the chances
of each turtle hatchling making it to adult life is slim. The chances
have been made even slimmer due to the increase of fishing vessels
using illegal nets which can suffocate a turtle if they’re
unlucky enough to be caught in it.
Global Volunteer Projects is working with a local NGOs in Mexico
and India to help protect these rare turtles. Your job will be to
collect the precious eggs from nesting sites, and put them in secure
incubators, protecting them from predators, both animal and human!
When the eggs are ready for hatching you will take back out to their
nests and monitor the hatchlings as they make their journey to the
China Panda Project
The plight of the Giant Panda has become an internationally recognized
symbol of the importance of conservation. The Chinese government
has set up a number of research projects, reserves and parks dedicated
to preserving the numbers of these very shy creatures. Our Panda
projects are based in one such reserve in Wolong, Sichuan Province.
After a period of basic training in safety and how to care for
the animals you will put under the supervision of the head keeper.
Your daily responsibilities will include helping to clean out the
Panda’s bedding as well as doing general maintenance on the
Pandas living area. Perhaps your most important role will be to
work with the other keepers to help prepare the Panda’s daily
meals. Contrary to popular belief the panda doesn’t just eat
Bamboo (although it does eat a lot of it), its diet is supplemented
with fruit, vegetable and even specially formulated ‘panda
From time to time, you may also be required
to help the resident scientists collect data on behavioural patterns
as well as assist the reserve’s vet provide any veterinary
care that the Pandas might need.