Primate Conservation

ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe

1 - 12 weeks

Flexible

Up to 6 people

Age 17+

From $350

Zimbabwe

1 - 12 weeks

Flexible

Flexible

Up to 4 people

Max 4

Age 17+

From $350

What's the project about?

The project is Zimbabwe’s only dedicated primate conservation facility, and was purpose-built to support the ongoing care, rehabilitation and eventual release of primates. However, the facility has an open-door policy to all wildlife species in need of care and has taken in rare and endangered species such as pangolin and vulture, as well as zebras, bush babies and birds. The focus remains the protection and rehabilitation of primates, who are the often-forgotten victims of the human-wildlife conflict.

How will I be contributing?

This small wildlife sanctuary relies on volunteers to support local staff in all aspects of animal care. There is one goal in mind – the care and release of Zimbabwe’s vulnerable wildlife. Each primate conservation volunteer plays a vital role in the rehabilitation process whether by caring for orphaned monkeys, assisting with release preparation or working with animals that cannot be released. Volunteer tourism plays a vital role in achieving the project’s goals of raising international awareness and contributes to a local solution to the human-wildlife conflict.

What makes this project ethical?

The primate conservation project’s mission is for there to be no captive primates in Zimbabwe, and the focus of the sanctuary is wildlife release and education. It has a successful and well-documented release programme and has relocated many captive baboons and monkeys into the wilderness of the Matopos National Park. Other smaller animals including pangolins, servals, zebra, ostrich, birds and bush babies have been released into partner release sites.

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