Wildlife conservation vacation in India

“Join a team of volunteers working within the wildlife reserves and community projects of central India. Immersive two week tour for animal lovers.”

Highlights

Tour of Old Dehli | Taj Mahal, Agra | Agra Bear Rescue Centre | Elephant Rescue Centre, Mathura | Fatephur Siki | Bharatpur National Park | Ranthambore National Park | NGO community projects at Moghiya Hostel and Dhonk Village | Jaipur |

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2019: 4 Feb, 22 Apr, 6 May
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Responsible tourism: Wildlife conservation vacation in India

Environment

This voluntour is conducted in conjunction with organisations like 'Wildlife SOS' and 'Tiger Watch'. Travelers will be able to spend two completely unforgettable days at the 'Agra Bear Rescue Centre'. Founded by 'Wildlife SOS', a charity established in 1995 to preserve and conserve India's natural heritage, forests, and array of flora and fauna, and supported by 'International Animal Rescue', this centre now holds the title of being the world's largest sanctuary for sloth bears. All of these bears have been rescued from the horrific 'dancing bear' trade, and during their time here travelers will be able to help out with the feeding of the resident bears, the construction of hammocks for them, the creation of enrichment for them and the cleaning of their enclosures. After their time in the bear sanctuary, travelers will be able to visit the Mathura Elephant Rescue Centre - another of Wildlife SOS's ventures and India's first chain free elephant camp. Here, they will be able to walk with the elephants, create enrichment for them and help in the preparation of their food. What's more, direct donations to the sloth bear sanctuary (U$100) and the Mathura Elephant Rescue Centre (U$ 50) are included within the project price.

Community

This voluntour allows travelers the opportunity to get fully integrated into local community life, incorporating visits to both the 'Moghiya Hostel' and the 'Dhonk' village - both local initiatives founded and conceptualised by the NGO 'Tiger Watch'. Travelers will be able to spend time with the children being educated at the Moghiya Hostel, helping to educate them in the importance of wildlife conservation and habitat preservation. The Moghiyas, a local tribe, were declared by the police as a criminal tribe, and they were considered to be the centre of all poaching in and around Ranthambore. The hostel then is an essential way of trying to change their lifestyle and showing them of other ways of making their living. 'Dhonk' village is a similar local responsible community initiative formed with the support of ‘Tiger Watch’, whereby local villagers and ex-poachers are taught how to make and sell handicrafts in and around Ranthambore. Travelers will be able to interact with villagers, learn about the art and culture of their region and even help to suggest new ideas for them. What's more, a donation of U$50 will be donated to the Moghiya Hostel and U$50 to the 'Dhonk' village will be made for each individual traveler on the voluntour.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Learned a lot about elephants.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take part in all the activities and go to the beach on you weekends off.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



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