Primate Rehabilitation Centre

Project name:

Bambelela Wildlife Care and Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation

Project purpose:

Primate Rehabilitation Centre

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • data collection/analysis

Terrestrial

South Africa

Africa

3 Ratings

100 % would recommend

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

300

Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation in Volunteer House or Chalet

Requirements:

  • Patience, empathy and enthusiasm

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi. Brunch and dinner incl in price Curio and Tuck Shop on site Poor cell phone reception but Wifi available for nominal weekly fee

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

Reductions in weekly rate dependant on length of stay. Special rate for internships for those committing to stay 6/12 months. Family accommodation available in chalets at discounted rates.


Working day starts at 07.45 food preparation and cleaning of cages, followed by feeding and clean-up
Brunch 10.00-10.30 or 10.30-1100
11.00-14.00 Hourly shifts with animals or project work
12.00-1300 or 13.00-14.00 lunch break
14.00-15.00 Food preparation and feeding
15.00-1700 Project work or hourly shifts with animals


Vervet monkeys are usually seasonally born between Sep-Mar which as it coincides with the wet season is also the time of year when we plan our releases of troops of monkeys. Orphaned baby vervet monkeys require care 24/7 and volunteers will spend hourly shifts with these orphans, feeding, cleaning their quarters, monitoring their health and playing with them. Be prepared to get pee'd and pooped on but when a little orphan curls up and falls asleep on you, all will be forgiven! Longer stay volunteers may become surrogate monkey parent which involves taking them to bed of a night time, feeding throughout the night and comforting them.


We have a sanctuary cage with very special monkeys who have suffered as a result of human activity and all volunteers will spend time cleaning, feeding and caring for the blind and partially sighted, the physically or mentally challenged.

Project work consists of gathering natural feed for all enclosures, refurbishment of enclosures, enrichment of enclosures, alien and invasive plant removal, fire breaks, food collections and food sorting

Volunteers work 6 days a week, on your off day you may visit local attractions (at own cost and subject to vehicle and driver availability) or just chill by the pool. We drive to town twice weekly for shopping and there is the opportunity for volunteers to accompany a staff member on these trips.

Veterinary students will be encouraged to shadow/join our medical team and may accompany staff members to the local vet surgery to assist monitoring of sick/injured monkeys

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Reviews & ratings

Davina

I volunteered at Bambelela for 4 weeks during baby season and it was an amazing experience. The work is varied from cage cleaning, general cleaning, making enrichment toys and caring for the orphan monkeys this is all done on a rota basis. Although you do get dirty and it can be long days I really didn’t find it to physical just very fulfilling. There isn’t a great deal going on in the evenings but there WiFi so that’s a good time to catch up with friends/family or chill with a good book. The work they do at Bambelela is fantastic and to be part of that even for a few weeks is very rewarding,I really hope to be able to go back sometime soon.

Volunteer

Amazing experience

Veronica

I volunteered twice at Bambelela for two weeks each time, and then a third time for about three months.
Bambelela is the perfect place for monkey lovers, nature lovers and adaptable, enthusiastic and caring individuals.
The farm is far away from civilization (town is about 20 minutes away by car) but you still have great comfort and a beautiful setting.
What I particularly loved was the opportunity to make a difference and really help this incredible rehabilitation project.
If you don’t mind getting dirty, work with a team and unexpected adventures, then I highly recommend this project. The full time team will accommodate all ages and will do whatever to cater your needs and expectations.
If you like privacy, then I recommend you rent one of the chalets where you also have the options to cook your own meals, and brain at your leasure.
I cannot wait to go back.
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Long term volunteer

One of a kind hands on experience with Vervet Monkeys