All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 18.5
Persons: 1 or 2
Host ID: 49549
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Last Updated: September 16, 2018
We need animal friendly (preferably rabies vaccinated; bloody government, stupid and pointless, regulations with regard to Flying Foxes) volunteers willing to pitch in for just about anything required to maintain the integrity and cleanliness of the wildlife enclosures.
We currently have vacancy for both October and then December - November is fully booked
Our needs are for general handyperson - or anyone who wants to help with `casual` labour plus the animal care......
The rainforest is a difficult environment, it is for the adventurous. Please we only ask for resilient people who are into the environment and wildlife. It does require commitment, compassion and a sense-of-humour EVERY DAY!
PS: Please like cleaning (sweeping and washing down floors) our animals need care.
From our recent experience with helpers, most say they should have organised to stay longer than 7-10 days
Male cassowary has gone off to sit on eggs, expect him with some chicks at the end of October. The female still visits on occasion. Large Lace Monitor prowling around and climbing the trees.
Our current batch of young French Volunteers is amazing. We have just about re-roofed the new container (to be new accommodation) and will start relining the container at the end of the month - anyone with interior work experience very welcome!
We run a wildlife rescue centre in the Daintree Rainforest. This is a quiet residence in 45acres of forest which is a nature-lovers paradise (all trees, no lawns) that gives the chance of visiting a premier conservation area of the World Heritage Listed Rainforest. There is a 1000year old Cycad (Lepidozamia Hopei)near the drive way and many 200+ year old Fan Palms (Licuala ramsayeii) throughout the proberty
The property, which is 5 mins north of the Daintree Ferry, is listed with the Wildlife Lands Trust, HSI (Humane Society International), and is of significant conservation value. There are many rare plants in the immediate area and an abundance of local wildlife including Cassowaries, bandicoots, monitor lizards and numerous native marsupials. We have a resident pair of Cassowaries who are currently in mating mode (July 2018)
Vaccinated carers particularly welcome, we specialise in Flying Fox care.
It is a requirement for Australian carers to be vaccinated and you will not be expected to actually handle animals unless you are experienced in wildlife care.
If you cannot show us proof of vaccination against Rabies/Lyssavirus (despite our personal doubt about the Government concern) YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH THE FLYING FOXES (But you will fall in love with them anyway!!)
If you are visiting SE Asian countries you may like to check the UK Govt Rabies Risk Countries at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rabies-risks-by-country
You can then tell your GP you need to be vaccinated if a country you are going to is on the list
We are a NON SMOKING property.
Absolutely NO DRUG USE!
NO DOGS allowed on the property.
NOTE: Only Accommodation is provided.
Meals are at helpers cost.
Accommodation is in a comfortable cabin in the forest, 2 beds (which can be combined into a double) and an outdoor deck and hot water shower.
Cooking facilities are available and a small cool box can be supplied.
Please DO NOT use chemical insect repellents (Aeroguard, etc). Not only can it harm the animals but we tend to react to it as well.
Recently we have had problems with mosquitos (which goes with living in a rainforest):
1: we DO NOT allow chemical/insecticide based insect repellant spays
2: we recommend local non-chemical repellants, eg: Moove
3: We provide citronella lamps for use OUTSIDE the cabin
4: We now recommend Sandalwood sticks to repel mosquitoes around the cabin, so bring some with you if you react badly to mosquito bites
5: When necessary we fog using natural insect controls
(We have recently had a problem with chemical sprays being used on bedding and probably clothing. This caused my partner to have a very bad response due to her chemical sensitivity - she almost ended up in hospital - so please - no CHEMICALS)
We have recently had people with breathing and other problems from Mosquito Coils.
I refer people to:
and this comment as well:
"Not many people know about it, but the damage done to your lungs by one mosquito coil is equivalent to the damage done by 100 cigarettes."
- Sandeep Salvi, Chest Research Foundation Director
There is a composting toilet in the main house with shared use. ONLY what you have eaten or drunk can go into it!!! (Plus, of course, organic paper)
Power: All power is 240v by generator or solar boosted batteries. Please note, hair driers use a lot of power and the solar power system will not support them. If you NEED to use a hair dryer, please ask and we will endeavour to run the generator.
We have been asked about `Rest Days`. Basically we do not have them, wildlife rescue is 24/7 but it is normally quite quiet. Heading out to an injured animal occurs whenever it occurs and cannot be predicted (although Tony does most of this).
In general, there is a frantic hour or so to clean cages in the morning (around 8:30am) and chop fruit - plus about 45mins in the late afternoon (5pm-ish) filling and distributing feeding bowls. We can always work around this if someone wants to do a day excursion or whatever. We really appreciate people coming here who are truly interested in the animals - it also makes their life [the animals] more interesting meeting new people.
Otherwise the day is yours unless you want to help Tony with the regular maintenance and upkeep of the facilities: there is always plenty to do and we really appreciate the help.
Communications: There is limited Mobile Phone coverage. We have an in-house Wi-Fi network.
Woolworths and local traders are at Mossman 45 minutes south. This means that food supplies need to be organised before arrival, particularly if you have special requirements.
Please note, we are a non-profit group, we cannot provide meals for helpers. We only provide private accommodation.
Mossman has a good produce market every Saturday morning.
Port Douglas (1 hour away) has more extensive selection of goods every Sunday.
There is a local clinic run by senior nursing staff.
There are two medical clinics in Mossman and two Pharmacies.
If you have a medical condition that may require attention please note that we are REMOTE. It takes a minimum of 45mins for an ambulance to attend our property (when the weather is good).
Restaurants: there are a couple of good eating places, including a pub, around 15-20 mins away. Lync Haven is recommended
Beaches (no swimming - there ARE crocodiles):
Cape Kimberley Beach is a 5 minute drive
Cow Bay Beach is about 20 mins north.
Cape Tribulation is about 45 mins north.
There are some local swimming holes about 15km and 29km from us
Duties: 2-3 hours per day.
They include cleaning wildlife rescue cages, cutting up fruit and food for animals and filling feed bowls in the evenings.
At times there will be some general maintenance, cleaning or yard work.
We can pick up from Mossman (1+ hours north of Cairns)by appointment. There is also a three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)bus service Cairns/Cooktown (Trans North Coaches) that leaves Cairns at 7:00am, has pickups at the Northern Beaches and gets to Mossman at 8:30am, and leaves again at 9:00am. We can pick up from the Daintree Ferry at 9:25am. We recommend purchasing supplies in Mossman and if this misses the 9:00am departure we can pick you up from Mossman depending on our timetable (Enclosure cleaning, etc.). Mossman is about 35kms. away from us (including the ferry crossing).
If you drive yourself, tell us when to expect you and we can arrange for a ferry ticket (otherwise it is $28.00 for a return ticket, $16.00 one way)
Bus Fare with Trans North for Cairns to:
Mossman is $33.30
Daintree Ferry is $36.40
Some extra comments:
1. Loving animals and respect for the environment is a must for this type of place. We expect anyone who comes here to really want to experience the rainforest (and it does rain here) and enjoy the environment (despite the challenges). We are fairly easy-going on everything else.
2. This is NOT a commercial venture.
3. The duties are not arduous. There is plenty of time to explore the rainforest, and plenty of rainforest on the property to explore.
4. This is not a party site and we do not do drugs, although alcohol is fine.
It will not suit someone who wants to go out every night. It would particularly suit couples or singles who want some time out or older people (but not exclusively). While longer stays are welcome, short stays may suit some people better BUT there is a minimum of 3 days!
5. Local wildlife expert and Daintree flora experts are available on site. We can also arrange commercial rainforest walks at a reasonable price in the heart of the Daintree World Heritage.
As for the fruit bats, recent studies show they have dialects and individual conversations:
The photos are of the cabin accommodation(2),
A Little Red Flying Fox (Pteropus scapulata) called Blossom and Lexxie bat with 7 week old baby. (May 2017)
Cassowary male (George) and chicks 31 July 2017