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Rehabilitation of exotic mammals

Project name:

Stitchting AAP

Project purpose:

Rehabilitation of exotic mammals (primates especially) from illegal pet trade

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

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Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • learn how to take care of a variety of animals with different behaviours, diets and enrichments

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

Accommodation:

This is a day volunteering project, volunteers must find and organise their own accommodation if needed

When does the project run?

Facilities:

food included, refillable drinking water

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

None, you have to show your enthusiasm through an interview but there are no skills needed beside being in a good physical condition.

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

You can choose how much days you want to work per week. 5 days max. You have 2 free days (AAP policy and dutch law). You work from 8h30 to 17h10.

 

There are 4 departments : Chimpanzee complex, Primates and the islands, Mammals and Quarantines + Central Kitchen. If you work 5 days a week, you have usually one day in the central kitchen where you prepare the food for the animals, normally you do the food of your department (chimps for me) but it depends on the number of people that day. All kitchen staff are volunteers.

 

You have a free lunch but no accommodation if you are not an EVS volunteer. So you have to find your own thing, usually you ask around the staff there and most of them have rooms to rent for short term period.

 

The work is very rewarding and the animals there are amazing especially the chimpanzee department is incredible to work in

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

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

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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