Volunteer with Monkeys and Baboons in South Africa

Company : Oyster Worldwide
Location : South Africa
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Provide care and affection to orphaned or mistreated vervet monkeys and baboons in a leading primate rehabilitation centre, helping them on a journey back to life in the wild.

This is a truly inspirational and highly regarded project. As a volunteer you can experience the important rehabilitation process, feeding the monkeys and nurturing them back to health. You can take part in the fantastic process of returning monkeys back to the wild once they are fit, healthy and able once again.

Sadly vervet monkeys are often considered pests in South Africa, and can be shot and killed if acting in a way that is undesirable. This leaves many orphaned young or severely injured adults. The rehabilitation centre takes in all such primates with the aim of rehabilitating the animals until they are well enough to be released in to the wild, where they can lead a full and entirely natural life.

What will I be doing?

You will be working hands on with the monkeys every day. Daily tasks include feeding, interacting with and playing with these cheeky creatures, watching and generally getting to experience and understand them. Many of the orphaned baby monkeys need feeding every two hours, so it can be very full on! You will also be cleaning enclosures and preparing food for the adults. This work is crucial, as it allows for the smooth running of the centre and means that more monkeys in distress can be cared for. Throughout all your experiences you will have the privilege of knowing that you are contributing to their release back into the wild, and may even get the chance to witness a release.

Start Dates

All year round

Costs / Benefits

2 weeks = £867 (excluding flights)
Additional weeks = £200

Booking / Enquiry

Oyster Worldwide Volunteer with Monkeys and Baboons in South Africa Reviews

Definitely a worthwhile project!

I can honestly say the experience had a profound effect on me, definitely inspiring me to pursue a career in animal welfare. The preparation provided through Oyster is as good as you can get, and I owe you a lot for arranging the whole experience for me – I think as a company you are brilliant. Thanks again for everything you’ve both done for me – I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it!

By: Tamzin
Nationality: UK
Age: 20

Monkey Volunteering

Real "hands on" working with monkeys. The project is properly organised with very dedicated staff and animal well being at the heart of what they do. It's good to feel part of a worthwhile project, helping vulnerable animals. Most people arrived on their own, but by working in teams we all got on.

Take seriously the warnings about being very cold at night time! In August it starts to get dark and cold around 6pm, although every day was warm and sunny by late morning. My only criticism is that there was not much provided for lunch and opportunities to go shopping are very limited.

I wanted to use Oyster as I felt it gave me a level of security about my project.

By: Amanda
Nationality: UK
Age: 59

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