Flexibility: Low

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: The Wild Animal Sanctuary operates two sites in Colorado totaling more than 10,000 acres. They rescue large wild animals, like bears, tigers, wolves and lions.  They take a large number dedicated of dedicated volunteers to help.

Amava Take: If you care for wildlife and are prepared to support yourself living near a large exotic animal sanctuary in Colorado, this is a chance to get your hands dirty and make a real difference. Caring for more than 400 large animals is a huge task that demands a lot of hands-on labor.  If you want to save some animals and give more than money, check out this opportunity.

From the Front Lines:

Who would enjoy this job?

Dedicated people who are willing to commit heart and soul to animal care. These are not ‘occasional, drop-in volunteer jobs.’ You need to have the physical ability and stamina to pitch in anywhere with daily operations and think, talk and do everything you can to help the animals.

Are there any special qualifications?

More than anything this is about dedication.  A minimum of a six month commitment of at least 16 hours per month is standard, as is at least a token financial contribution.  Once accepted you could be working on educating visitors, maintaining the facilities (painting, watering), providing nutrition (preparing food, feeding, cleaning buckets), or just general cleaning.

Any tips for first-timers?

Evaluate your commitment to large carnivores and be prepared to get your hands dirty.

From the Trenches:

What’s rewarding about this?

You’ll work alongside people who are every bit as passionate about taking care of animals as you are, a group of dedicated volunteers who live and breathe this program. You’ll see the tangible results of your own work.

What’s hard about this job?

The work has risks, but the rewards are great.

Have you bonded with any of the animals you’ve worked with?


Special Requirements: You’ll need to spend a lot of time in Keenesburg or Springfield Colorado. Keenesburg is about an hour Northeast of Denver. Springfield is in Southeast Colorado.

Finding a Position: Wild Animal Sanctuary is always on the lookout for volunteers. You can also volunteer with wild animals abroad. Is California a better option for you? You can volunteer to help wildlife in California!