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Protection of Asian Black Bears and Environmental Conservation at a National Park in Japan

Pays d’action: Japon, Asie
Type d’activité: Missions avec animaux et vétérinaires, Ecovolontariat
In the forests around Karuizawa you can join a conversation project for Asian Black Bears, carried out by the Wildlife Research Centre. You will assist the team to tag Black Bears with radio collars and to keep the bears away from humans. Furthermore you can assist with guided visitor tours through the forest. This volunteer placement is possible in English language.

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

The town of Karuizawa is located inside of Joshinnetsu National Park. It is a popular tourist mountain resort, surrounded by lush forests full of biodiversity, featuring animals such as Asian Black Bears, Snow Monkeys, Flying Squirrels, boars and many species of birds.

Asian Black Bears occassionally enter into town, in search for food leftovers from garbage bins. As they impose a threat to humans, in the past they were often killed, which was leading to a minimization of their population size.

The Wildlife Research Centre is carrying out a Bear Protection Program. Bears are equipped with radio collars, making it possible to trace their movements. If a bear approaches town, the research centre's team is reaching out with specially trained Karelian Bear Dogs to push the bears back into the forest.

Inside of the forest, the team is making sure there are sufficent natural food ressources for the bears. Simultanously, there are awareness raising campaigns for the population. Regular garbage bins in the city are replaced by special types of bins that bears cannot open.

You assist the team with all of these activities, such as equipping the wild bears with collars and reaching out with the bear dogs if a bear approaches town. You also register other animal sightings in the forests and you help to remove invasive species of plants and animals that can impose a threat to the local ecosystem.

For visitors who are interested, biologists are offering guided tours, such as nocturnal observations of Flying Squirrels, star watching, and identification of animal and plant species. You support the biologists with the preparation and implementation of the tours.

As there are biologists at the Wildlife Research Centre, this placement is suitable for supervised internships.

The duration of the placement is exactly 4 weeks. In the case of internships for university credit, longer periods are sometimes possible.

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Japon, Asie
Type d'activité :
Missions avec animaux et vétérinaires,Ecovolontariat
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 4 semaines / 1 Mois
Maximum: 1 an
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
4 semaines/1 mois : 800 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 1200 €
3 mois : 1200 €
6 mois : 1600 €
1 an : 1600 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
This placement is possible every year from early April to late October, as the bears hibernate during the other months.
Age minimum :
16 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Maîtrise de langues :
You must be able to communicate in English. Japanese language skills are not required.
Qualifications particulières :
Volunteers need to have previous experience with animals (either in veterinary medicine, animal care, conservation, biology or zoology), e.g. study or have graduated from a related field.
Hébergement & repas :
Accommodation is provided free of charge, sharing a twin room. You must cater for your own food (there is a small kitchen).

Obtenir plus d’informations gratuitement

  • Recevez immédiatement un e-mail avec le site web et le n° de téléphone de l’organisation de volontariat
  • Recevez gratuitement notre guide avec une check-list à imprimer
  • Un guide de conversation en cadeau, si vous vous inscrivez plus tard
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