Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation
The Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation and Wildlife Care Farm volunteer project was founded in 2003 and is located in the stunning Waterberg region of South Africa. It is a non-profit organization. The committed team at the farm work tirelessly to ensure each animal has the best opportunity for a second chance at living in the wild. It is a long and hard process and involves many different avenues of the conservation sector in South Africa. The end goal for this volunteer project in South Africa is to release the animals back into the wild.
Many of the Vervet Monkeys being cared for are orphaned babies who initially require 24hour care - volunteers might even have the opportunity to become a surrogate parent. Gradually they will be introduced to other Vervet Monkeys under constant human supervision, until they are ready to make the decision to become part of the troop. Other Vervet Monkeys will have been rescued from abusive situations or will be ex-pets. Although the primary focus is on Vervet Monkeys, volunteers at the project may also get to experience other sanctuary wildlife and may occasionally find themselves caring for orphaned baby Baboons.
Volunteers at the Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation and Wildlife Care Farm in South Africa will work directly alongside the experienced staff and will be trained in all aspects of primate care, including; “surrogate parents”, introducing juveniles to existing troops at the sanctuary, and preparing established troops for release. There may also be a chance for long-term volunteers to live at the release site and monitor the progress of the newly released troop.
The Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation and Wildlife Care Farm Volunteer Project is a unique and special place, due to the fact that they are very successful at releasing animals back into the wild in South Africa. This volunteer project in South Africa is also an incredible opportunity for volunteers to gain hands on experience of wildlife care and husbandry as well as experiencing South Africa’s amazing country and culture.
Feeding of animals in the wildlife care
Making baby bottles and feeding orphaned babies
Caring for and playing with baby monkeys, as surrogate parent and/or in the sanctuaries “kindergarten”
Caring for injured or sick animals
Assisting with basic medical practices, administering medications
Cleaning of cages, camps, clinic, kitchen, bomas and enclosures
Creating natural environments in enclosures by assistant with enclosure design and enrichment
Developing behaviour enrichment programs for the animals
Assisting with going out on call to collect monkeys and/or food supplies
Assisting with introduction of new monkeys
Monitoring monkeys requiring daily attention
Building of new camps and quarantine facilities
Writing up reports and keeping data
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