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Animal care volunteering opportunities

Become a volunteer in Guatemala! But before signing up for one of these projects, please read everything about our volunteer program here!

1. Animal care (zoo) - Quetzaltenango

The zoo in Xela is a municipal institution where they receive about 500.000 visitors yearly. The zoo has 200 animals of 41 species. Many of the visitors are school children coming on a school trip to learn about the animals, but also regular visitors come to the zoo. The zoo is currently going through renovations, improving and increasing the animal spaces.
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2. Domestic animal care - Antigua
This is a non-profit, non-governmental charitable organization. The principal activity of this NGO is rescue and rehabilitation of domestic animals. They have over 300 dogs, about 100 cats and other animals on site, as well as a permanent on-site spay/neuter clinic. They plan to build an education centre to provide free environmental education to local children, eventually including basic literacy and numeracy, and perhaps English language teaching.
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3. Jungle rescue centre - Flores
This project close to Flores is an animal rescue centre. They have many different animals, most of them were confiscated after detecting them in illegal trafficking. At the rescue centre you can help to take care of the animals (exotic birds, monkeys, coatimundis, etcetera). There are also opportunities to take part in veterinary medical treatment, animal releases and wildlife surveys.
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4. Beach wildlife centre - Monterrico
There is another wildlife centre, located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. In contrast with the centre in Flores, this centre is much more about extinction, reaching out to the five communities to help them develop sustainably, all as part of the broader effort of the management of the Hawaii Protected Area.
Activities for the volunteers include for example sea turtle conservation and research, cayman and iguana breeding, environmental education and community projects
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