Monkey Rescue in South Africa

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Monkey Rescue in South Africa

from £495
Duration: from 1 week to 12 weeks
Countries: South Africa
​Work hands on with a variety of primate species at a well-respected rescue centre. You will learn about primate behaviour and care as well as providing enrichment for rescued monkeys.

Monkey Rescue in South Africa

An exciting opportunity to work hands on with a variety of primates who have been rescued and provided with permanent care in this sanctuary.

The project is designed to introduce you to the fascinating world of primates and allows you to get to know them. You will work closely with primates on a daily basis. You can make a difference to the primates by helping the sanctuary to provide them with a better quality of life.

The sanctuary, which is the first of its kind in South Africa, has been running since 1996. The sanctuary currently cares for over 70 primates of varying species. The sanctuary rescues and provides permanent care for any primate from anywhere in the world.

Duties that may include:

food preparation
cleaning enclosures
record keeping
enclosure maintenance
behavioural observation and monitoring
primate relocation and introduction
making monkey beds
providing enrichment
hand rearing (if it is needed during your stay)

There is also ‘monkey time’ which allows you to spend time with the primates and get to know them!

Volunteers normally work 5 days per week. After work you can spend time at the volunteer house or in one of the hammocks in the garden area which is perfect for relaxing. There are usually around 8 volunteers present at the project at any one time with a maximum of 16.

The nearest town is Pretoria, which has internet cafes, shops and restaurants. There is also a shopping mall within walking distance of the project.

Your 2 days off per week provide you with time to relax in the sun or get involved in many local activities. The sanctuary also hosts a weekly braai (BBQ) which is always very popular. Due to the location of the project, volunteers also have the opportunity to visit Pretoria Zoo, Kruger National Park, museums, malls or get some drinks and dinner in Pretoria during their free time.

How do volunteers make a difference?

As a volunteer, you will play a major role as the sanctuary survives almost entirely on the financial and hands on support that volunteers provide.

By volunteering with us, you will be contributing to improving the quality of life for the primates as you can provide them with more individual attention. Your hard work will leave a lasting impact on the lives of the primates you will be helping to provide for.

You will also be involved in devising and helping with stimulation activities for the primates who are unable to be released into the wild.

Placements include:

* a comprehensive Volunteering Guide and pre-departure support
* travel advice and assistance
* accommodation (shared room)
* ongoing support, help and advice

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Price details:

from £495


£75 discount for volunteers who combine more than one Pod Volunteer project!


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This placement would suit:

Anyone who would like to work with monkeys

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“This really was the best time of my life. The people were so welcoming; there is a real sense of team spirit and of being part of something really valuable. I got to spend so much time with the monkeys!”
“My time at the Monkey Rescue project was great. Everyone was really friendly and helping out with all aspects of the monkeys was really interesting and rewarding. I would definitely recommend it!”

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