Volunteer with Chimpanzees
Wild chimpanzees are facing many problems including poaching and habitat loss but there are international wildlife charities and local NGO's working to help. If you are interested in working with chimpanzees search rewarding volunteer projects worldwide where you can contribute to conservation efforts.
Volunteering Programs with Chimps
How You Can Help
Sadly, in places like Africa a lot of chimps are killed by poachers every year for their meat which is sold in markets or exported abroad. On our website we list lots of charities, NGO's and large sending agencies who offer volunteering programs with chimpanzees where you can help and raise awareness of conservation efforts.
By working at a chimpanzee santuary in Africa (or other worldwide locations) you will meet volunteers from all over the world whilst you will be able to experience living in a new culture and meet new friends. You will get to work in teams helping conservation efforts and really make a difference to chimps which have been abandonded, orphaned and neglected. This will be the experience of your life!
You can volunteer and work with chimps on Africa volunteer projects and at wildlife sanctuarys where you will get to work with local staff and other international volunteers. These projects are an amazing experience but they can be quite heartbreaking when you see the lives some of these gentle creatures have endured.
You might be preparing food for the chimps or feeding them - this is amazing to see the effect you will have by helping them return to a normal state. Once the chimps are back to full fitness and health you might be part of teams who will release them back into the wild. You could work in exotic places and be part of programs working in communities and the wild dedicated to wildlife conservation. You will be able to make a real contribution to monkey conservation projects and hopefully help with volunteer and conservation efforts long after these placements have finished.
One organisation - Ape Action Africa work to rescue and help wild chimpanzees in Cameroon. They rescue baby chimps and older animals helping them to get back to full health and hopefully be able to be released back into the wild. You will be able to help by educating local populations about poaching and chimp welfare, this is very important to the long term goals of eradicating problems like hunting. Please note these chimp projects might be in rural areas so don't expext high living standards, sometime you might even be on a homestay program living with locals.