Looking for Safari Alternatives? Visit This Bolivia Sanctuary

Safaris are the most popular way for people to get close to wildlife. However, many consider this an unethical practice, considering the bad impact it can have on wildlife and their habitat. Luckily, there is a way you can make both meet the wild animals and actually contribute to their welfare. Bolivia’s Senda Verde Sanctuary is the place to go if you love animals, but don’t want to go on a safari.

Senda Verde wildlife sanctuary is located in Bolivia’s Andes and it provides care for more than 1,000 animals. Its inhabitants are mainly animals saved from captivity, hurt animals found in the wild, or animals that were mistreated in some other way.

Run by Vicky Ossio and Marcelo Levy, the sanctuary offers volunteering opportunities, enabling travelers to get a different touristic experience than they would with safaris or by visiting zoos. Anyone who thinks they can contribute can apply for a stay from two weeks to two months. According to Senda Verde, you are welcome to stay as long as you think you can make a difference.

The activities that volunteers do in the sanctuary include cleaning and repairing tasks, feeding the animals, and nursing the injured wildlife back to health. You would be taking care of tapirs, monkeys, bears, jaguars, and many other fascinating animals.

Of course, there is also an option for you to visit, get familiar with Senda Verde’s activities, and contribute to their cause with a financial donation.

While this might not sound like the type of tourist attraction you want but it might be the one you need. So make sure to give it a thought if you happen to be in Bolivia sometime.