Volunteer at a Wildlife Center
Are you interested in an opportunity to help wildlife by volunteering at a primate sanctuary in Africa? You can directly help gorillas, chimpanzees, or monkeys by volunteering at these wildlife centers.
Ape Action Africa (Cameroon)
Ape Action Africa offers a limited number of self-funded volunteer placements for 2 to 3 months to people aged over 21 with a passion for primate conservation and Africa.
Centre pour Conservation des Chimpanzees (Guinea)
All eco-volunteer applications are considered however, experiences in Africa as well as experience with animals are preferred. In addition, it is preferable to be over the age of 22-23 years and be able to speak French fluently. Volunteers should be in good health due to the remote location and lack of doctor on site. Volunteer veterinarians are required to have at least 1 year of veterinary clinical experience and wild animal experience is preferred.
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage (Zambia)
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage and their partners, African Impact, offer volunteers an opportunity to help take care of over a hundred chimpanzees. Volunteers play a vital role in behavioural enrichment activities, infrastructure development, education, and community farming initiatives. No experience is necessary; just a passion for conservation, primates and willingness to help in all aspects of the sanctuary. Volunteer placements are available from 2 – 6 weeks, with a minimum age of 18.
For more information on volunteering at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colobus Conservation Limited (Kenya)
Volunteers will be allocated to specific projects or duties dependent upon the individual’s relative experience and current openings. Though research experience is interesting for us, we are also looking also for people from a diverse background including but certainly not limited to teachers, photography, GIS, botany, editors/writers, artistic ability, sales ability, carpentry etc.
Drill Ranch (Nigeria)
Pandrillus accepts committed and skilled long-term volunteers at both Drill Ranch and Limbe Wildlife Center. LWC also has short-term placements for paying volunteers. We are interested in a diverse set of skills not limited to animal experience or degrees. The most important qualities are a serious interest and the willingness to work as part of a team.
Volunteers over 20 years of age are accepted for 3 or more months commitment.
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre (Malawi)
Lilongwe offers placements from 2 to 12 weeks with the opportunity to get involved in a whole range of projects from wildlife rehabilitation through to habitat conservation and environmental education. There are also opportunities to volunteer at their partner projects.
Limbe Wildife Centre (Cameroon)
Our program is open to anyone who has an interest in wildlife conservation. Volunteers typically work for 5-6 days a week for a period of 1-3 months, and are provided with housing a short 10-minute walk from the project. The cost of the program is a total of €750 per month, with fees going directly to the running costs of the project and living expenses, including basic accommodation and lunch on work days.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary (Uganda)
Week-long volunteer stays are available.
Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center (Cameroon)
The Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, West-Central Africa seeks volunteers 21 years or older for six-month stays.
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (Sierra Leone)
We are always pleased to hear from people with transferable skills and knowledge who are interested in volunteering at the sanctuary.
Vervet Monkey Foundation (South Africa)
The Vervet Monkey Foundation prefers to have volunteers for a minimum 4 week period; long-term volunteers receive discount. Please enquire regarding 2 or 3 week stays.