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Monkey Sanctuary

Caring and learning about Primates is so much fun !
from EUR 3310.43
Duration: Min 4 weeks
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Get in touch with your inner Monkey.
Stop Monkeying around with humans and spend more time with our primate ancestors.
Your role:
- Cleaning of forest
- Walk-in of clients
- Guided tours after training has be done
- Feeding of the primates
- Cleaning of the cages
- Assisting with translation of marketing materials
- Photography
- Feeding of the primate’s in the special monkey home

Volunteers will be considered if they are hard-working and enthusiastic and prepared to cheerfully fulfil tasks such as walking tourists from our entrance gate to the reception area whilst explaining the basic sanctuary rules on the way; translating documents, webarticles and info sheets; photographing or filming the sanctuary animals and/or assisting with the animal care.

However, we are particularly keen to fill the following positions:

Multilingual rangers/guides

Big Cats, Bird & Monkey Wildlife Sanctuaries funds itself through revenues from tourists who take educational tours in our forests home to over 550 primates, more than 3500 birds and several dozen predator cats and other wildlife.

The tours at each sanctuary are approximately one hour long and must leave the tourists with general primate and/or bird and/or predator cat knowledge, information about each of the species that could be located in the sanctuary and an understanding that wild animals do not make good pets and are happier in the trees, forests and bushveld with peers of their own species. German, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Hebrew, Portuguese and Italian guides are particularly in demand, but any knowledgeable person who can use entertainment to further environmental awareness will be considered.

Our goal is for Big Cats, Monkey & Bird Sanctuaries is to include an education centre especially for children to learn about nature, recycling, gardening, pollution, conservation and of course predators primates and birds. There are many projects to be done,

Volunteers with photography/filming skills for documenting primates.

A comprehensive catalogue of all the predators, birds and money residents has not yet been made and most of the information about our primates, birds and predator cats exists only in the notebooks and minds of our keepers, curators and founders.

Compiling and typing up this information, along with taking photographs and film footage of individual primates, birds and predator cats is an important big project that we would like to begin ASAP, but volunteers would need to bring their own photographic equipment, since the sanctuary video camera is a rather primitive one

Ideally, the applicants for this position would also have experience in collecting and analysing behavioural data about primate, birds and/or predator cats. Close cooperation with our knowledgeable keepers and curators is imperative and will certainly be highly educational for any wildlife enthusiast.

IT specialist

There’s a whole bunch of equipment that needs servicing and regular fixing in our offices and reception areas, so if you have extensive working knowledge of computers but nonetheless wish to live in a beautiful natural environment with a chance to help out on outdoor projects whenever computers and time allow, then this is the perfect place for you.

We also need someone to assist with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Joomla! Wikipedia, Wordpress, Tripadvisor, MySpace, Nutshell mail, Wikipedia, Blogs, Linkedin etc.

Public relations/Marketing/Journalist

The 3 wildlife sanctuaries depend on visitor interest to fund itself. Therefore, PR and marketing are extremely important for raising awareness about our projects. Stories can be written about our primates, birds and predator cats from a myriad of different angles for a huge variety of readerships and publications.

This position would be ideal for a young wildlife journalist who would like to gain experience in writing, photography, getting published in different sorts of publications, writing press releases (e.g. when new primates and/or birds and/or predator cats which are born or arrive at the sanctuary), encouraging professional journalists to write about us, taking journalists on special tours etc.

Our sanctuaries take a very modern approach to publicity and we try hard to balance out entertainment and education to reach as many people as possible in our quest to educate the general public about the plight of primates, birds and predator cats. Working closely with our marketing manager will prove to be fun and enlightening for any primate enthusiast with a gift for writing.

Volunteer veterinarian

Although we are extremely happy with the skills and enthusiasm of our local vets in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, there is no on-site vet and the keepers and curators must on occasion tackle medical issues themselves. Regular monitoring of the health of over our 550+ primates many different species could be a full-time task. Since we advocate leaving the animals in their free-roaming environment as much as possible, medical intervention would only occasionally be necessary. Therefore, any applicant for this position must also be happy to fulfil other tasks such as guided tours. Our volunteer vet must be experienced and able to work closely with our local vets, which will be a highly enjoyable and educational experience. Ditto re volunteering in this position with our the variety of birds and predator cats.

Volunteer handyman

Volunteer carpenters, gardeners, electricians, plumbers, painters etc are always welcome.
Is the work dangerous?
Is there a potential risk?
No if proper care and training are adhered to.
Arrivals every Sunday
Min 4 weeks
Additional per week:
- History of primates and their fight against survival
- Learning more about the different primates-
- In House training of volunteers to become Primate Guides
- Educating tourists about these unique project

Our unique primate sanctuary is currently the top eco-tourism attraction on the Garden Route and for very sound and sunny reasons. Monkey sanctuary has captured the hearts of visitors in its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The sanctuary is exceptional as it caters for several species of primates who are not caged. They are free to move about the forest and this they do most harmoniously.
Th emphasis on searching for the primates, and the reward is to see the various species as they are meant to be: free and in a natural habitat. The transfer of information about these fascinating creatures enhances your visit to the sanctuary during a safari. The safaris are conducted by multi-lingual game rangers and are fun, exciting and educational. Our guests leave our sanctuary with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing.

Minimum age:
Police clearance:
Special skills required:
None – just a love for primates
Language requirement:
Intermediate level of English
What's included:
Rooms are cleaned dailyAirport Transfers
One and half hour drive from George airport. Two and half hour drive from Port Elizabeth airport. Volunteers also use the INTERCAPE bus and gets picked up in Plettenberg Bay at the Shell Ultra city bus terminal
What's excluded:
- The cost of a visa in the case of your volunteer stay being longer than 90 days
- Medical Insurance which must include work, emergency evacuation. Please make sure you understand how your medical insurance works in South Africa
as You2Africa will be unable to pay for any doctors accounts or the like in lieu of being refunded by the medical scheme
- Weekend excursions
- Local Transport
- Toiletries (Shampoo and Conditioner)
Closest town:
Plettenberg Bay
Surrounding area:
- Airport transfers included
- Transport/ to/from project daily included
- Other local transport to Volunteer`s account
Volunteer Home Stay :
- Shared rooms (3 volunteers per room)
- Satellite TV
- Walking distance to beach and shops (300m)
- Swimming pool
- Transport is provided daily to project by Housemother.
- Breakfast is a continental breakfast (Self-Service)
- Lunch is provided (you just have to make it yourself in the morning)
- Supper is a cooked meal – provided by the homestay
- Please note: Special dietary need must be advised in advance (Vegan, kosher etc.)
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