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22 / 09 / 2016
Fancy volunteering for a variety of roles?

The park currently has more than 120 volunteers who support the project in a variety of ways, including rangers who help with the lemur walk-through exhibit, gardeners, outdoor learning and face-painting volunteers.
 
More volunteers are now needed to help in the lemur walkthrough enclosures and assist the team with activities such as animal encounters, talking to guests and supporting learning sessions.
 
Wild Place Project’s head of operations, Nigel Simpson, said: “Volunteering at Wild Place Project is a fantastic way to learn new skills and meet people, as well as being a great opportunity to get involved in an exciting, new attraction and be a part of a dynamic and evolving visitor attraction that’s bringing conservation to life.”
 
He added: “We’re looking for hands-on, confident and outgoing individuals who love being outdoors and can inspire visitors about our animals and conservation work while helping them to have a great day out.”
 
Volunteers need to be over 18 and generally available for half a day each week, including during school holidays.
 
Visitors to Wild Place Project can see animals from Madagascar, east Africa and the Congo, including zebra, cheetah, eland, lemurs and red river hogs. Guests can also take a stroll in the woods, relax in the Tower Meadow or have fun in the undercover Fun Fort.
 
If you are interested in volunteering at Wild Place Project, click here. Alternatively, phone volunteer services on 0117 980 7181 or email volunteers@wildplace.co.uk.
 
 
Meet our volunteers:
1)    Mark Colfer-Henderson 
Mark is a former special effects make-up artist who now works as a day care assistant as well as volunteering as a ranger at Wild Place Project
 
Why do you volunteer?
“My job can be stressful at times, while I thoroughly enjoy what I do professionally I've always had an interest in nature and the beautiful planet we live on. I've found it to be a fantastic thing to do, both mentally and emotionally. It really helps recharge my batteries and is a very fulfilling thing to do. Plus you get to be around such stunning, interesting and at times very funny animals!”
 
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
“The sheer variety of things to do! From doing the bio-facts in the education shed, helping out in the Lemur walk-through, chatting about wolves and the spectacular geladas to name a few. I’ve even donned a hedgehog outfit for our ‘Knot your net’ campaign! There is so much to do, it keeps you on your toes and interacting with guests is always fun. Sometimes you see a sparkle in a guest’s eye as I've helped them, it is very rewarding in many ways.”
 
 
2)    Robert Castle
Robert is an electronic engineer who volunteers as a ranger at Wild Place Project every week. 
 
Why do you volunteer?
“Volunteering at Wild Place provides me with some guaranteed time each week that is away from a computer screen in an office, out in the fresh air. It is an opportunity to appreciate the natural world - this could be enjoying the antics of the lemurs, catching glimpses of the wolves in the undergrowth, or just observing the changing of the seasons – it is all a great antidote to modern life! It is also good to know that by volunteering I am helping Wild Place to prosper, which in turn benefits wildlife conservation more broadly.”
 
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
“It is a privilege to be among the first people to see any new arrivals, be they unexpected lemur twins or completely different species, like the gelada baboons. Secondly, there is a definite ‘buzz’ to seeing visitors going on their way enthused by having had a little explanation or insight into what they have seen.”