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There's a new Andean Bear cub at Chester Zoo!

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Short Conservation Volunteer Holidays in Europe

 
 
Those lovely folk at Responsible Travel list a number of volunteer holidays for animals in Europe!  From wolf tracking to whale & dolphin research, volunteering with bears to helping rescued chimps in Spain, turtle conservation in Greece to conservation volunteering in Germany, there's an interesting variety of volunteer holidays to be had.  Here are just a few of them.
 
Volunteer with Bears in Romania Volunteering with Bears in Romania
This is just such a wonderful picture of a bear at a sanctuary in Braslov, Romania. And here's the chance to spend from a minimum of two weeks working in this haven for rescued brown bears in the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. You can help these bears in Romania on this holiday by caring for them - feeding them, monitoring their progress, helping at the bear hospital, maintaining fences and doing tours for visitors.  Click here for more details on this holiday volunteering with bears in Romania. 
Lynx and Wolf Tracking Holiday in Slovakia  

Lynx and Wolf Tracking Holiday in Slovakia
This is an experience for the fit and tough, as you'll be in the mountains logging sightings and evidence of the lynx, wolf and bear - there are notes on fitness requirements on details of the holiday.  The Slovak Wildlife Society (SWS) specialises in carnivores such as the brown bear, grey wolf and Eurasian lynx.  It is seeking to develop effective measures to reduce conflict between people and these animals, providing knowledge and help to local communities in putting into place non-lethal measures such as livestock guarding dogs, electric fences and bear-proof bins.  Scientific research is essential if sound decisions are to be made about these practices - and it also helps raise awareness of both problems and solutions.  This holiday gives you the chance to help with ecological survey work. Click here for more info on this lynx and wolf tracking holiday

Carpathian Mountains holiday, conservation & culture

Carpathian Mountains holiday, conservation & culture
Locals and wildlife have existed for centuries in Transylvania in central Romania.  The area has Europe's highest concentration of bears, wolves and lynx.  You'll spend days on walks through spectacular canyons, virgin forests and Saxon villages.  Head off in search of brown bears and explore Brasov, a medieval town, and Bran castle, the residence of Count Dracula!  Local programmes have been established to make the conservation of bears, wolves and lynx economically profitable for local people and give locals an incentive to preserve the wilderness.  During the week you'll also visit a Beaver Re-introduction programme.  Click here for further details. 

Volunteer with rescued chimps in Spain

Volunteer with rescued chimps in Spain
Gain a wonderful insight into the dailiy lives of these rescued primates.  Located near Girona in Spain, this is one of the only primate rescue centres outside of Africa where you get the opportunity to experience working with chimpanzees.  You can either stay in a hotel or youth hostel in the nearby medieval city of Girona.  There are two or four day breaks to choose from, and prices start at £190 for two days excluding flights.  Click here for more information on this short conservation break.

Whale and Dolphin Research in the Ligurian Sea, Italy   Whale and Dolphin Research in the Ligurian Sea, Italy
The Ligurian Sea is home to one of the highest concentrations of dolphins & whales in the Med but it's also a great habitat for all the cetacean species found there.  Sadly, human activity can threaten these populations.  However, you can help with field activities to investigate the distribution, ecology, habitat preferences & behaviour of cetaceans in the Pelagos Sanctuary. You'll be a full member of the crew, assigned duties such as research tasks, helping to operate the vessel, cooking & cleaning. The main duties are based on a rota, and incude watches in search of cetaceans, computer shifts (that's data entry & hydrphone listening), checking the boat course, cooking & boat keeping duties. Click here for more info on this whale & dolphin conservation holiday
 Azores Conservation Holiday - Whales, Dolphins & Turtles

Azores Conservation Holiday - Whales, Dolphins & Turtles
Head to the Azores archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to study whales, dolphins and loggerhead turtles. Take photographs of sperm, blue, fin, sei and minke whales, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins and record them for local and international monitoring databases.  The boat will generally leave at 9am, and then activities for the day are distributed. These can range from animal spotting (the most important task), photo identification, listen to and make recordings of whale and dolphin vocalisations and capture loggerhead turtles, recording dolphin, whale, turtle and bird encounters and plotting the boat's progress, turtle tagging, boat and onshore duties. Click here to find out more about this fantastic volunteer holiday to help wtih whale, dolphin & turtle conservation.