Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Animal Welfare and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Volunteer Projects in Australia

Habitat conservation and animal welfare continue to be the main focus of many volunteer projects in Australia. This is because natural wildlife habitats also continue to be threatened because of environmental and manmade reasons. Fortunately, there are many different organisations and groups that are steadfast in pursuing their mission to promote wildlife conservation and general animal welfare. This provides you plenty of opportunities to do your part in helping save the environment and its inhabitants from neglect and ensuring a richer place to live in for generations to come.

Every animal species requires its own set of environmental conditions to move around, feed, live, reproduce, and thrive. Over time, however, we have seen these habitats destroyed either by natural disasters or by humans. Mining, industrial and commercial projects and developments have been at the forefront of this destruction and these kinds of threatening activities have jeopardised the ability of wildlife to survive. Couple this with climate change and we are witnessing two of the biggest major threats to the welfare of the environment and its inhabitants in our lifetime. We need to see a shift in our way of thinking and decisions makers must feel compelled to act. By implementing policies and programs that protect natural habitats, wildlife is also protected. In Australia, countless organisations play leading roles in campaigning for and protecting natural animal habitats and have turned their attention to ensuring animals who fall victim to negative human intervention of some kind are well cared for in welfare in shelters and sanctuaries, with the aim to release back into the wild. Animal welfare and conservation organisations are integral in holding Governments and decision makers accountable for shaping sound conservation policies when managing forests, National Parks and other conservation areas to ensure that wildlife can thrive in their natural environments.

When seeking out opportunities to help animal welfare and habitat conservation initiatives, it is best to find ethical volunteer recruitment organisations whose goals are to protect animals and the environment. While many companies provide opportunities to help, many fail in delivering sustainable projects that are required to ensure long term change. When looking for an organisation that cares for rescued animals and wildlife, do your homework and ask the organisation what checks and measures they have in place to ensure the animal’s best interest are at heart.  

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