Volunteering with monkeys on your gap year is a great way to gain unique insight into the world of these delightful animals. There are now many species of monkey on the endangered species list, with many more considered threatened. This is because of hunting, destruction of natural habitats, introduction of other non-native species, and illegal trade.
This means that volunteering with monkeys gives you the opportunity to make a real difference to the survival chances of these amazing creatures worldwide. You can volunteer with monkeys in Africa, where around 50% of the population is now threatened or critically endangered, or travel to Madagascar to work on projects helping the critically endangered Silky Sifaka monkey, or head to Ghana to help fight the decline of the indigenous Roloway monkey. Monkeys can also be found in Asia, Central America and South America, and where there are monkeys, there will be projects to help them.
Volunteers will carry out regular tasks such as preparing food for the monkeys, cleaning out enclosures, observing and monitoring behaviour, primate relocation, and even hand rearing baby monkeys if the mothers are unable to do so. If you’re interested in volunteering with monkeys on your gap year, stop monkeying around and check out our listings.