Volunteer In Africa offers unique opportunities to get close and personal with some of the most amazing wildlife.
Please become part of building this page by adding your own volunteering in Africa experience below or contacting Wildhelpers!
Sanaga Yong Rescue Center offers opportunities to volunteer for 6 months with orphan chimpanzees rescued from the meat trade.
It's hard work but you see why: your volunteer work supports a great rescue and rehabilitation center. You can see that the center survive only because of your hard work, so that's a pretty good motivation!
The tasks are diverse:
The prices for your food and board is very small (last time I looked, around $300 for 6 months).
No special scientific skills are required.
Check out their website to volunteer in Africa with chimpanzees!
Volunteer with servals, cheetahs, lynxes, monkeys and more at the African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary – Rehabilitation Centre and Endangered Cat Breeding Centre, in Tornhill, South Africa.
This Sanctuary is family owned and ran, and welcomes wild animals rescued in the area. They rehabilitate and release the wildlife they can with the help of the local vet, or keep long term residents that could not make it back into the wild.
They have a great reputation with their volunteers...
Exceptional experiences as a volunteer are offered by the African Predator Conservation Research Organization.
Their research program, the Okavango River Basin Transfrontier Ecology Program, is situated at the moment mainly in Botswana and Zimbabwe.
It involves capturing and tracking African predators as well as studying their diseases and genetics.
Species studied by the African Predator Conservation Research Organization include: lions, cheetahs, leopards, African wild dogs, both side-stripped and black back jackals and spotted hyenas.
To be a successful volunteer applicant, you will need to:
Things you might get involve with:
There is often a waiting list to enter this project, so apply early! Apply to volunteer with African carnivores!
Center for rehabilitation and release of chimpanzees in Congo : Help congo : http://www.help-primates.org/
Gibbon rehabilitation and release center in Thailand : www.gibbonproject.org
Primate sanctuary in Cameroun : ww.apeactionafrica.org
Chimpanzees conservation Centre in Guinea Conakry : www.projectprimate.org
Please be cautious of lion farms, where you are invited to walk with young lions or even feed lion cubs.
Nothing could be more cute, obviously, than an interaction with baby lions!
However, these places are not doing conservation work - although they almost always pretend to do so. They are raising lions for canned hunting. And making more dollars by involving tourists and volunteers in raising the lions for their business.
What's canned hunting?
It making tourist hunters pay top dollars to kill a lion. Except that the lion has been raised by humans, so has no fear of the hunter, and is released in a small enclosure so that it doesn't take too much effort for the hunter to "track down" his trophy.
Anyone that loves wildlife should avoid this dirty business!
Read more and act against canned hunting by visiting the Campaign Against Canned Hunting.
Volunteering for wildlife on the other side of the world can be mindbogglingly amazing, or on the contrary turn into the most horrible nightmare...
Please help others wanna-be volunteers by sharing your best and worst experiences, so that:
- the best places receive more volunteers,
- and no one gets trapped by the worst places again...