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Primate rehabilitation

Project name:

Vervet Monkey Foundation

Project purpose:

Primate rehabilitation

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation


South Africa


average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices​

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared rustic wooden cabin with 1 other volunteer. There is the option to upgrade to a single cabin also

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, refillable drinking water, local shops, nearby medical facilities, mattress, pillow and sheets (please bring sleeping bag), solar energy so limited charging abilities, wifi, drop toilet

How long can I stay?


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

Extra weeks volunteering above 4 weeks will cost $261 


You will not need any prior experience as we will teach you everything you need to know – just come with enthusiasm and an interest in conservation! If you have any specific skills or interest we are happy to try and utilise them during your stay. No matter what you do, you can expect that it is hot, dirty and hands on!

• Collecting, chopping and delivering food for monkeys

• Cooking at weekends for volunteers

• Hands-on care-giving of baby monkeys (Nov-Feb approx), helping in our sickbay

• Observations of orphans with their foster mums and adult integrations

• Cleaning monkey cages, washing feed bowls & plates and cleaning blankets

• Assisting with introductions and rehabilitation of new monkeys.

• Assisting with basic medical practices and administering medications.

• Clearing vegetation for fire breaks, looking after the volunteer village.

• Assisting with education outreach programs

• Participating in fundraising, newsletters, we can also use graphic design skills


During the baby season (Nov – Feb) there is a possibility volunteers will work with baby monkeys, nearly all orphaned and traumatised. We introduce them to foster mothers ensuring each baby is stabilised, healthy and able to drink from a bottle when handling them.

You will be helping to rehabilitate Vervet monkeys into viable troops for release into protected reserves, integrating them back into their natural environment.

Reviews & ratings



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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