Primate Internship in Malawi

Company : Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
Duration: 4 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 2000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

This internship offers you the opportunity to work at an award-winning sanctuary renowned for its high operational standards and exceptional rehabilitation/release success rates.

The majority of our intakes are primates rescued from the illegal pet or bushmeat trades with the most common primate residents being yellow baboons, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and samango monkeys. Interns will work on individual cases as well as contribute to our wider research and monitoring projects.


The Role

Depending on the projects running and requirements at the time of your internship, your placement may involve the following:

  • Primate behaviour
  • Primate nutrition
  • Primate orphan care
  • Primate health problems and common diseases
  • Primate observations, integrations and analysis
  • Enrichment creation and analysis
  • Individual assessments
  • Implications of individual histories on rehabilitation process
  • Primate interns can also apply to join the primate research teams in Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve.



  • Duration: 4-12 weeks
  • Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Qualifications Required: None, but ideal for students studying for a zoology, animal behaviour, primatology or similar degree.


About Us

We are Malawi’s first wildlife sanctuary and environmental education facility. Our remit has grown in response to the emerging conservation challenges of the past decade and we focus on where we can deliver the greatest impact. Our mission is to safeguard Malawi’s wildlife and empower the guardians of the wild.

All of the money raised through our volunteering programme goes directly into the wildlife centre and is not tied up in administrative costs. It also supports our education and community projects which are essential for the future of conservation in Malawi and allows us to provide employment for over 40 members of local staff.

With donations and volunteering fees we are able to provide food and essential medical care for the animals, as well as improving and implementing our rescue and rehabilitation projects to ensure their survival not only within the centre but also when they are released back into the wild. 


Costs / Benefits

• 4 Weeks: £2,235
• 6 Weeks: £2,885
• 10 Weeks: £3,930
• 12 Weeks: £4,350

Prices Include:
• Accommodation
• All meals and unlimited tea and coffee
• Airport transfers (on a Tuesday) and all work-related transport
• Orientation and full support during your stay
Local sim card and t-shirt

Prices Exclude:
• Flights
• Visas
• Vaccinations
• Excursions, souvenirs, nights out, personal expenses, snacks etc

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