Rainforest and savanna conservation

Project name:

African Conservation Foundation

Project purpose:

Protection of lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants and mixed rainforest/savanna habitat

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis (Great ape surveys)

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Mobile tented camps

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, refillable drinking water, bucket shower and cold shower, drop toilet

How long can I stay?


good physical condition

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

This programme on great apes provides participants with the rare opportunity to contribute toward enhancing the conservation of the endangered western lowland gorillas in Deng-Deng National Park, East region of Cameroon. Deng-Deng National Park hosts the greatest population (600 individuals) of the most northern western low land gorillas in the wild.

Two or more weeks volunteering on great apes conservation will give volunteers an opportunity to work toward long-term conservation of this charismatic species by taking part in gorilla surveys in the rainforest of Cameroon as well as conducting conservation education and awareness raising activities in communities adjacent to this protected area.

Helping to protect Western Lowland Gorillas
Training on data collection
Techniques participating in great apes surveys
Configuring and setting camera traps
Environmental education activities in schools and communities
Meeting the friendly chiefs and people of Cameroon; and
Living and working in a pristine nature area

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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