As an expat who worked in fifteen countries spread through the Middle, Far East and North Africa, Colin Guest has lived a life most only dream. He started writing after his retirement and has had nine books published, with five made into Audiobooks.
Among a variety of articles Colin has written about, one is on helping wildlife. Colin is keen on both the environment and wildlife. As such, for those interested in helping wildlife, Colin recommends you volunteer at a wildlife animal rescue/rehabilitation centre. However, be aware, that strange though it might seem, volunteers have to pay to work at one. Also, as the charges can vary considerably from place to place, you should check out both costs, and plane tickets to get there. The reason why you have to pay to work, is that none of these places receives any monies from their respective governments. Given the costs involved in volunteering, Colin recommends that where possible, combine a holiday, with a period, (usually a minimum of two weeks, as a volunteer.
As a volunteer, Colin worked at two centres in South Africa and one in Thailand. The normal duties for a volunteer include cleaning cages, enclosures, preparing food and feeding the animals. While in Thailand, it included helping clean out pools for a variety of animals
While working at SanWild, a massive rescue/rehabilitation centre in South Africa, Colin had an incredible experience. A television crew along with presenter came to film the various wildlife for a television show. During this time, one of the centre’s lions became involved in a fight with another lion. As a result, it suffered an eye injury that required medical attention. A vet was called in to treat the lion, which after he had darted it, went in to check it was unconscious. Once satisfied, a group, including the television crew and Colin, went into the encloser. While the vet worked on the lion’s eye, the cameraman filmed the whole procedure. After finishing treating its eye, a group of men, including Colin, picked the lion up on a stretcher, then carried and put it down under a tree to recover. Once all were safely outside the enclosure, the vet gave the lion an injection to bring it back to life, then quickly joined those waiting outside.
It is due to incidents like these that volunteers never know what they will encounter during their stay at a wildlife centre. One thing is sure; you will always remember the time you volunteered to help animals in need. Not only that, it can be a subject for you to write about.
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