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Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa

Pays d’action: Afrique du Sud, Afrique
Type d’activité: Missions avec animaux et vétérinaires, Ecovolontariat
Become a surrogate parent to orphaned baby monkeys and baboons in a leading rehabilitation centre. Be a vital part of the rehabilitation process by feeding and caring for these young primates as they are prepared for life in the wild. Expect lots of monkey cuddles!



Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

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    Ensure that primates are rehabilitated back to the wild
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    Help baby monkeys learn to socialise
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    Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
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    Help to prepare and feed rescued monkeys in South Africa
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    Care for rescued primates in South Africa

The project

With hundreds of baby monkeys and baboons finding refuge at this rehabilitation centre, there is a great need for volunteers to aid in the long process of getting them back into the wild.

Tragically, many of these babies have lost their parents in traffic accidents and through sour meetings with humans. This rehabilitation centre, which started out with one injured monkey, is now home to over 400 primates in various stages of rehabilitation.
To date, 20 troupes of monkeys and baboons have been successfully released back to the wild with the help of volunteers.

What will I be doing?
Volunteers get involved with a wide range of tasks at the centre, mainly working with the baby and juvenile primates, providing the care and attention that their parents would have done. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Bottle feeding baby monkeys and baboons
  • Preparing food - lots of fruit, veg and bread is needed to go around 400 primates!
  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Bathing the monkeys
  • Baby sitting the youngest primates - watching them as they learn to climb and to swim

This is an incredibly hands on project, which will eventually see your young charges being released to the wild- a process which can take up to 4 years.

Accommodation and food

The setting is beautiful, in a leafy green area close to Kruger National Park. Volunteers live in log cabin dormitories in the heart of the centre, never far from the chattering primates. Delicious home cooked meals are enjoyed together, and at the end of the day a glass of wine or a bottle of beer is usually enjoyed sitting out on the terrace with other volunteers.

Free time
The work at the centre can be quite full on, especially during baby monkey season (November - February). As the centre is run 100% with volunteers, there are no set days off as the work always needs to be done. That being said, generally speaking there is time in the afternoon to relax and babysit the monkeys as they run, jump, swim and play together.

Additionally, trips are run from the centre, with many volunteers enjoying some time at Kruger National Park, walking through some of the gorges nearby and going out for weekly dinners. In a 2 week stay, you should be able to enjoy one trip.

Project highlights

  • Becoming a surrogate parent to baby monkeys - a once in a lifetime experience
  • Living in the African bush with its amazing wildlife and beautiful starry nights
  • Making a genuine contribution to the survival of a species

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

This organisation specialises in arranging hand-picked ethical volunteering projects in 18 countries around the world. Projects mainly focus on animal welfare, conservation, and sustainability, with strong focus also on humanitarian and social care programmes. Their passionate and experienced team of travellers have been sending volunteers around the world since 2006.

We are able to accept bookings for all projects currently, however the situation is still evolving regarding when and where participants can travel. With this in mind, we are currently offering a fully refundable deposit and no further payment due until 21 days before departure.

In addition, we are offering free trip changes, free date changes and also free unspecified date changes. This gives travellers maximum flexibility, whilst also giving them something to look forward to.

If participants cannot travel, their money is financially protected by ATOL or IPP. The money paid can be used towards any of our other trips within 18 months.


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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Afrique du Sud, Afrique
Type d'activité :
Missions avec animaux et vétérinaires,Ecovolontariat
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 3 mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 1130 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 1756 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 3008 €
3 mois : 4260 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
Requested arrival day is a Monday.
Age minimum :
17 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Individuelle / Groupe
Maîtrise de langues :
Understand and speak good English.
Qualifications particulières :
Good physical fitness to cope with manual labour including cleaning carrying, building, gardening etc. Previous animal welfare experience is beneficial but not necessary.
Hébergement & repas :
Log cabin style accommodation shared with fellow volunteers. Includes comfortable bedrooms, lounge, dinning room and outside facilities include a swimming pool. Wifi included.

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