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Helping with rescued animals in rehabilitation and awareness centre. Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.

Hiring Organization:
Primate - and other species - Rescue Project

Date Posted:
2013-12-16

Position Description:
As a volunteer you will be part of our organization which works with injured, orphaned and wild vervet monkeys and baboons as well as other rescue animals like seals, caracal, penguins, otters, honey badgers etc.

What makes this project unique is its location - we are situated in the Garden Route, one of South Africa's most sought after tourist destinations. There are a number of highly sought after attractions in this area, including breath taking views of mountains, beaches and forests. Google Garden Route to find out more!

We aim to focus on educating the public specifically about so called “damage causing animals” as history has shown that these species have had exceptional exposure to cruel practices due to being viewed as a threat farmer's crops/livestock. Some of these species are: Jackal, Caracal, Bushpig, Porcupine, Vervet Monkey, Baboon and Leopard. Past “problem” species that are now endangered like the wild dog, cheetah, serval and black footed cat will also be available for observation and understanding. South Africa's “problem animals” have endured offically sanctioned cruelty on an unimaginable scale and this is therefore not simply a conservation concern but an animal welfare one.

By working with us, you will have a learning experience with all daily routines at a sanctuary.

ROUGH OUTLINE OF GENERAL ACTIVITIES:
-Chopping food
- Cleaning enclosures/camps
- Checking every primate daily for any sign of illness
- Enrichment - Collecting branches and insects for monkey food.
- Observing integration/socializing from a fair distance while attempting to remain passively non-communicative (to encourage monkeys to mingle with their own kind).
- Observing the behaviour of rescued and wild primates - noting hierarchy changes, vocalizations and their context, the working out of new relationships, each individuals particular personality and how s/he interacts with everyone else etc.
- Fetching food from our closest town, Plettenberg Bay.
- Monitoring wild troops for male/female ratios, behaviour etc.
- Researching what the vervet monkey and chacma baboon eat naturally in this area.
- Anti-snare patrols.
- Hikes - The Garden Route where we are based has spectacular scenery and world renowned hikes like the Otter trail. Favourite past time for volunteers are canoeing down the Keurbooms River or hiking at Robberg Nature Reserve where a seal colony lives. We are a few minutes away from various animal centres like the Elephant Sanctuary, Eagle Encounters and Monkeyland for those who seek an experience with captive wildlife.
- Building/maintaining enclosures
- Blogging about your activities for our website.
- Writing awareness articles about the plight of non-human primates and other perceived “damage causing animals” in South Afruca - your experiences as a visitor to this country - for our local newspaper.
- Fundraising ideas/activities.
- Working with the local communities to raise environmental awareness.

Qualifications/Experience:
A willingness to help out with all daily chores as listed above. A passion for animals. Volunteers who have initiative to take our project forward are much appreciated.

Salary/funding:
Donation of 179 pounds or 211 euro or 291 dollars per week to cover food and accommodation costs. This project relies solely on the support of the public and donations are integral to our primates survival and the ongoing costs of animal rehabilitation.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Included are accommodation, laundry, lift once a week to the closest town for supplies, and continental breakfast.There is internet access and lifts are provided to local attractions when needed for an extra fee.

Contact Information:
Daji Morgan 6602
South Africa

E-mail Address:
primates.south.africa@gmail.com

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