Vervet Monkey Care in Pietermaritzburg
from £875 GBP
to £2595 GBP
The baby Vervet monkeys need a great deal of care and you will be directly involved with them from dawn to dusk and maybe into the early evening. The nursery is adjacent to the accommodation and it is here that the babies are housed in an open “cage”. It is a bright and airy room and you can relax in a large comfy sofa whilst you keep an eye on your little charges. They will be running and jumping around you, on you, over you……just behaving like the little monkeys that they are.
You will be responsible for chopping food, feeding, cleaning cages, carrying and playing with the babies and most importantly dishing out loads and loads of LOVE.
The orphaned babies depend on you to love them as much as their mother would have – in nature the mother vervet is tactile and the baby thrives on this loving touch. There is a great deal of hands on work involved, they need the same amount of attention as a human baby so you will certainly be kept very busy but you will be rewarded as you see them grow and develop under your loving care.
You will also have contact with the older Vervets in the outside enclosure but this will be minimal as they are being prepared for removal to the rehabilitation centre.
You will need to be prepared to accompany either James or Jan when there is a Vervet baby to be collected from another area. Because of the distances involved between town and cities you may have to travel a couple of hours but this is usually a pleasant scenic trip. The return trip may not be as nice as the baby will be traumatized/injured/frightened – this is a young wild animal that has had no contact with humans and will naturally be extremely frightened. It will take a little while for it to realise that it is no longer in danger and your care will ensure that it will thrive and eventually be returned to the wild.What you'll gain from doing this Project:
- An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Australian culture.
- You'll learn a lot from experts in your field about how they work in a cultural environment that's different to what you're used to.
- New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
- An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
- And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
You will live on the first floor of James and Jan’s home which is a wonderful, cosy, thatched roof cottage. This is a self contained area with a living room complete with fireplace for the cold winter evenings, a television and masses of books, two very comfortable bedrooms and a shower room. The baby nursery is also on this floor.What to do next
Talk to us - We're there to help you. Most of our team are ex Travellers volunteers and are ideally qualified to offer advice and guidance because they know what you're looking for. They'll help you find your perfect project - and then make it all happen!
If you’d like to apply for this project. Visit our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.
It’s as easy as that.
This project can be extended for up to 6 months, subject to visa requirements.
There would be a minimal charge per extra week on the project.
No qualifications needed, just a big heart and a desire to help abused, abandoned and threatened animals.
This placement would suit:
Anyone wishing for the unique chance to work hands on with Vervet monkeys aged from a few hours until five months old!
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FLEXIBLE: From two weeks to one year - you choose your dates and duration.