Volunteer with FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine

FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine

Iporanga, Brazil, South America
FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine is an animal release center situated in the Atlantic Forest. We combat the hunting, trafficking and illegal capture of wild animals and offer them a chance of freedom!


For more information check the volunteer package on: http://ipbio.org.br/wp-content/uploads/Volunteer-Package-IPBio-Celine-12.pdf

1) Fruit Tree Mapping Inventory:
You will help us to: create a map with the positions of the fruit trees in the management area; check when their fruiting period starts and ends; do research about which bird species like which fruit tree species; collect native seeds. With this information, we can better assess where to release the birds as we can direct them towards a food source. Moreover, these birds are tagged and monitored after their reintroduction to the wild to ensure they are adapting well and therefore identifying fruit trees in the area will increase the likelihood of finding the bird to monitor their progress.

2) Animal Release Center Grounds Maintenance
This role is perfect for people who like gardening and don't mind getting their hands dirty. We have a management area of 4 hectares, which needs maintenance. You will help with maintaining the grounds, gardening and support in our vegetable patches on which we grow the food for the animals. Also you can help us to collect native seeds for our native seedling production. We will use these native seedlings to plant more fruit trees on the reserve so there is plenty of food for the animals which are being released.

3) Photography and Producing Videos
Are you interested or experienced with photography and/or producing videos? Create short documentaries about the birds we release exposing the horrific illegal trade of animals as well as recounting the process of their rescue and their release back into the wild at Celine. Create videos to promote the volunteer program by interviewing volunteers and filming their exciting weekend activities. In addition, you can help us by expanding our wildlife database of photos and videos on flora and fauna of the Atlantic Forest.

4) Communications and Fundraising
Volunteers can help us raising international awareness about our organization and the illegal trade of birds by improving our website and social media; seeking partners for our organization; developing presentations and pamphlets and writing grants to fund our projects and purchase equipment.

5) Website Developer
FreeWildlife Brazil Celine is looking for a web developer to add new content (such as a section with independent pages describing our projects); add new features to our website; improve the aesthetics; and organize the website structure.

6) Mammal Inventory
You will help us to inventory the mammals that are living on the Betary Reserve. You will do this by searching for mammal traces, installing camera traps at these sites and regularly checking the camera trap footage. This information is crucial to understand the natural competition animals will face and can help us to decide where to release the animals. Depending on the quantity of footage gathered, this role may not require the full time of a volunteer, and therefore you will also support in other volunteer roles we offer.

During your work at the organization there is a good chance you will encounter wildlife. All volunteers are expected to support in our fauna monitoring whereby sighting of wildlife should be noted and hopefully photographed in an attempt to identify species living in the area. It is important to know what birds are already on the reserve to understand the natural competition they will face as well as inventory their predators such as the oncilla.

Email us your CV/resume and clearly state the position (or positions) you are interested in to contato@ipbio.org.br and we will get in touch with our volunteer package containing further details!

We are always looking for volunteers to help us develop our projects

2 weeks


Volunteers will stay at the Darwin Guest House, situated on the reserve itself, which accommodates up to 8 people in 2 rooms, together with IPBio’s volunteers. This house has a bathroom with a hot shower and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook. Volunteers are expected to do groceries and basic cleaning themselves.

Volunteers pay in reais a charge of 425 reais a week for accommodation at the reserve (at January 2017 exchange rate this comes to 136 dollars a week however this does change due to currency fluctations).


FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine was founded by the couple Martine Schmid-Fiorini and Pedro Schmid, both Swiss veterinarians, who worried about the fate of the wild animals coming from the illegal traffic and seized by local authorities. In an improvised installation at their residence in Iporanga, they began to care for wild animals, enabling their return to nature. Their activities attracted attention and gained recognition in the region by the local population, as well as by environmental authorities. Thus, familiar with the necessary care and the requirements for the release of wild animals, they founded FreeWildlife Brazil Celine in the Atlantic Forest.

FreeWildlife Brazil Celine will primarily focus on the release of native birds and will monitor their progress after reintroduction. The Release Center, with a management area of 4 hectares, is situated in the municipality of Iporanga on the Betary Reserve. We have partnered with IPBio (Biodiversity Research Institute), an NGO that also works on the Betary Reserve with whom we cooperate closely, to develop a joint volunteer program. For more information, go to: http://ipbio.org.br/freewildlifebrazil-celine/?lang=en

- Protect the Atlantic Forest, an important biome that houses many endemic and endangered species.
- To release wild animals in their natural environment, using appropriate technologies to rehabilitate and monitor the species, seeking the protection of faunistic communities.
- Offer the chance of freedom from illegally captured animals.
- Combat the hunting, trafficking and illegal capture of wild animals.
- Promote a more sustainable relationship between the local community and the environment in which they live.

Our Values:
Admiration - For the exuberance of the Atlantic Forest and its biodiversity.
Compassion - With living things and wildlife. We believe in respect for animals and their habitat.
Protection - Willingness to help protect the great heritage of biodiversity.

Up to 5 people

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Estrada Iporanga – Apiaí, Km 6, Iporanga -SP, Iporanga, Brazil.


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