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Pod Volunteer – Help rescued monkeys in South Africa

Date added: Thursday 9th June 2016

Volunteers are needed to help rescued monkeys ( at a sanctuary which is the first of its kind in South Africa and currently cares for over 100 primates including marmosets, tamarins, mona monkeys, squirrel monkeys, macaques, and lemurs.

Volunteers at the Monkey Rescue project help to improve quality of life for the primates by providing them with essential care and attention. The primates are often unable to be released into the wild so this is important for their well-being and quality of life.

Pod Volunteers will be involved in caring for monkeys directly as well as helping to maintain their enclosures. This involves helping to create stimulation and enrichment activities for the primates.

Caitlin volunteered at the project and you can learn more about her time at the project in her interview here:

“Initially, I was very nervous about starting the project, but I'm now putting that down to having never been abroad by myself and not knowing entirely what to expect when I got there. Everyone at the Monkey Rescue was incredibly welcoming and friendly from the first moment I met them! I loved every second I spent at the project, and although there was a fair amount of cleaning involved, you still have the opportunity to spend a lot of time with the monkeys. Every short termer gets monkey time on a Thursday afternoon, in which you get the opportunity to go in an enclosure with a select few of the monkeys. Thursday afternoons were always my favourite!!! I'm so glad that I chose this project to get involved with, it's such a rewarding project and I loved getting to know all the primates, especially when you can experience their different personalities and the way they react to everything.

What was typical day at the project? Depending on what you're put down to do each day, your duties could start at 4.30am with morning feed. A normal day starts at 9.00am with the long termer your working with that day, you feed the monkeys and clean their enclosures in the mornings and after another feed in the afternoon, you would do any ongoing jobs that needed doing, including enrichment for the primates.

What did you find most rewarding? As I was at the project for such a long period of time, I was able to get to know the animals and all the other volunteers extremely well. However, I found the most rewarding aspect of my trip to be getting to know the animals, as this meant they trusted me and in some cases were excited to see me when I would work with them each day.”

If you would like to out more about the Pod Volunteer Monkey Rescue project in South Africa here:

If you would like to find out about more animal volunteer opportunities around the world then you can visit:

If you would like to apply to join the project you apply online here: