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Vervet Monkey Foundation

Organisation: Vervet Monkey Foundation

Country: South Africa

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Vervet Monkey Foundation

An opportunity to make new friends and form long-term relationships with like-minded people while you help care for over 500 monkeys getting involved in the everyday tasks of running a monkey sanctuary. We take in many orphans each year which you may be involved with hand-rearing during baby season teaching them to drink and get ready for their introduction to monkey moms, you may be lucky enough to see juniors venture out into their new enclosures, watching them become real monkeys. We have some ex-pets here that often need some time spent grooming from outside the cages before they are ready to be integrated into troops. In addition you will help the monkeys further by building new enclosures and maintaining the upkeep of the foundation.

We promote a Vegan life style and are well known for our great meals and variety. The work at our centre can be very challenging and requires on-the-job training so we prefer to have volunteers for a minimum period of 4 weeks and are happy to have long term volunteers for which we offer a discount depending on length of stay. Please enquire regarding 2 or 3 week stays. There are also plenty of opportunities to visit local attractions such as the Kruger National Park or to go on adventures with other volunteers to local sites and site seeing expeditions. Volunteer fees go towards accommodation, meals and of course the running of the foundation

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    This position will fulfill the needs of the Vervet Monkey Foundation by ensuring the monkeys in an area of the foundation are looked after and the supervision and training of volunteers in those areas.
    Full time voluntary position with occasional on call duties
    Length of period: Long term (min of 2 years but preferably as long as poss)
    Working hours – anytime between 7am - 5pm (some overnight baby shifts and evening shifts possible in baby season Nov – Feb). There will be some out of hours depending on the monkey’s needs and how many volunteers we have here.

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