Endangered Animal Sanctuary in Peru
Endangered Animal Sanctuary in Peru

Endangered Animal Sanctuary in Peru

Improve the lives of endangered species native to the coast and jungle of Peru.
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Animal care duties await you!

Try your hand as the assistant warden in a private Peruvian animal sanctuary, - open to all lovers of wildlife, and especially perfect for those who are conservationists or students of nature and zoology.

You will participate in the daily caretaking of all animals and especially in the centre’s efforts to create a safe habitat for all of the animals.

The Humboldt Penguins, which were relocated here were unfortunately devastated by the recent flooding that took place in this area. As a result, all but one of the penguins has died due to illness after this natural disaster. As the centre continues to work to assist the surviving penguin in quarantine and prepare for the possible addition of a new waddle of penguins, your help and support is greatly needed and appreciated.

This centre assists all sorts of rescued animals and helps to halt the decline of endangered species, as well as, spread awareness about the issues they face. Your involvement provides opportunities for these good works to continue. Even though you may not get to work directly with the beloved penguin population, every bit of energy put into making this habitat better for all of the animals supports the ongoing progress of the only centre in the region working to assist Humboldt Penguins.

Animals at this location include, but are not limited to:

  • Variable Hawks -Ground turtle -Monkey Friar -Coati -Peccaries -Ostriches -Sheep -Sloths -Kinkajú
  • Guacamayos -Manchin Monkey -Agouti Paca (large rodent) -Choro Monkey -Musmuki monkey
  • Andean Fox -Howler Monkey -Crocodiles -Guinea pigs -Rabbits -Wild turkeys

Your role will include construction work, reforestation, cleaning, as well as the preparation of food/feeding for the animals at the centre.

Please note that while you might not have the chance to touch all of the animals (as some are very sensitive and get scared easily), the reward of your efforts will be in knowing that you help them to thrive and not just survive!


  • Gain practical, hands-on experience in animal conservation
  • Assist the program and its staff with your efforts
  • Give you the chance to learn about, and bond with the animals that are endangered.


Volunteer experiences have a direct and positive impact on local communities by injecting money into the local economy through the purchase of food, transportation, and tourism activities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the comunity and make a difference in the world. Depending on the type of volunteer experience you are interested in, your time can be spent improving educational resources and opportunities, providing medical services to underserved communities, or promoting environmental conservation and sustainable farming techniques.

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Lambayeque (Chiclayo), Peru

This accommodation is not too far away from the north beach side of Peru, just 45 km from Chiclayo, the fourth biggest city of Peru, which offers shopping centers, a cinema and nightlife, it is also a traffic hub in north Peru.

Closer by, many other highly important historical and archaeological sites, as well as small villages, restaurants or shops are easy to access by cheap and frequent public transport, making it easy if on weekends or after your program you wish to travel the surroundings.

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Sunday - Arrival

CJA (Mayor General FAP Armando Revoredo Iglesias Airport) Saturday or Sunday : Early in the morning or evening

Our transfer coordinator will meet you at the arrival hall holding a sign with either your name or “The Green Lion”. Please note that in some cases we may need to wait for several participants to arrive before the group leaves the airport.

CIX (Captain Carlos Martinez de Pinillos International Airport) Saturday or Sunday : Pick Up from airport 0:800-10:00 and 18:30-22:00

Our transfer coordinator will meet you at the arrival hall holding a sign with either your name or “The Green Lion”. Please note that in some cases we may need to wait for several participants to arrive before the group leaves the airport.

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In your first week, after breakfast, you’ll get a training and orientation about your project: what your tasks will be, as well as your Do’s and Dont’s during the week. Then you’ll discover all you need to know about the animal center, together with the coordinator and other participants.

You’ll get plenty of background information about the many fascinating species of animals that are receiving support and attention as you learn about their special needs and behavior. We’d like to make sure you’re prepared the best way possible for your experience, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask our experienced coordinator!

After the detailed introduction. Depending on number of participants, some daily tasks can take place in the mornings or in the afternoons, in either of these cases, participants will always be able to make plans to visit the local villages surroundings and beaches nearby.

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Tuesday - Thursday

On the average day here you’ll start your project and take part in environmental or conservation activities such as:

  • Construction work
  • Creating a natural fence
  • Reforestation of cactus
  • Vegetable garden and nursery maintenance
  • Preparation of food for the animals
  • Feeding animals
  • Preparing material to teach general public and children about the animals.

Expect about 6 hours of activities per day!

Feeding the animals is not possible during reproduction time.

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After breakfast you will go to a nearby school to forward the information you’ve gained and developed during this exciting week to the students. In this way, you help promote the conservation of the animals at the centre and raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the wildlife in Peru. Afterwards, you will have free time to relax or explore the area.
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Saturday - Departure
Leave the accommodation Saturday morning and take a taxi to Chiclayo. Then take a bus to Cajamarca. From here you will need to make your way to Cajamarca Airport (5.5 hours) for earliest departures Saturday Evening
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  • Shared Accomodation
  • All meals included
  • Free beverages
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
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  • Extra night accomodation (before experience)$60
  • Extra night accomodation (after experience)$60
  • Upgrade to Private Room - 1 week$120
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More Information


  • minimum age18
  • minimum english levelBasic
  • CRB RequiredOn signup
  • passport copy requiredOn signup
  • resume copy requiredNo
Other Requirements
  • There are no further requirements for this program.


The food will be based on the staff daily menu, which is typically Peruvian, meaning lots of sweet potatoes, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grains, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!


Jayanca, Lambayeque is considered to have a desert climate. During the year, there is almost no rainfall. This is unlike our other locations in Peru so you should pack your clothes accordingly.

Your accommodation is actually an Ecological Tourist Center that offers to its clients a variety of facilities and recreative activities and supports a private zoo!

Our developed program with this center offers a great opportunity for participants to learn and practice real administrative and ecological skills while enjoying the culture and surroundings.

Rooms will be cleaned by staff regularly but you will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized. There is Wi-fi in your rooms as well as public areas here for your convenience.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be amended and cancelled 30 days before the program start date without any costs. Bookings that are cancelled less than 30 days before the program start date will be charged the first week of the booking.

Endangered Animal Sanctuary

Price per person$530/week
Minimum Duration2 weeks

Contact us for availability and further information.