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Baboon Rehabilitation Care-Givers

Hiring Organization:
C.A.R.E. - The Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We rely on volunteers to help with all aspects of daily animal care duties for infant and adult orphan baboons undergoing rehabilitation at the sanctuary;

* Sort, wash, prepare and give food to the animals
* Assist in Phase I Rehabilitation of orphan baboons if there are orphans in this stage;
> supervise orphans in the nursery
> facilitate bonding of orphan baboons to adult surrogate baboons in purpose built
bonding enclosures
> observe interactions of bonded baboons to adults in their adult troop
> clean enclosures, kitchen facilities, nursery facilities, bottles, enrichment etc.
* Daily enclosure cleaning in Phase II rehabilitation areas (2-3 hours per day)
* Make and give enrichment
* Build larger enrichment items (swings / ladders etc.)
* Maintain enclosures
* Help with C.A.R.E.'s sustainability projects; vegetable garden making/maintaining
* Help with C.A.R.E.'s education and outreach projects
* Help in all areas of sanctuary operations as training provides/skills allow

None required, full training is given and a certificate upon your completion is awarded.

Volunteers are required to pay a minimum donation to cover their resource use (food, hot showers, electricity etc.) of $350 per week and a donation which goes directly to the baboons. This is reduced over time if you are interested in longer-term role.

We are registered on where you can fundraise for your donation.
Please enquire for more information.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Volunteers help pay towards their food, accommodation and a donation to the centre.

After this you are provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner which is prepared for you at the Education Centre.

You will live in the newly built Volunteer Village at the centre with other volunteers and staff members which has a small kitchen for personal food prep and storage, flushing toilets, hot showers and a games lounge (with TV/DVD/pool table etc.).

There are 3 beds in each room with linens provided

WIFI is available to purchase and is accessible from volunteer bedrooms, games area and education centre


The closest town to the centre is PHALABORWA - nearly 500kms from Johannesburg. Flights and buses are available from Johannesburg to Phalaborwa, and arrangements will be made to collect incoming volunteers from Phalaborwa (either airport or bus depot).
By Plane â?? Johannesburg to Phalaborwa
Flights leave from the domestic terminal at Johannesburg International Airport. The flight is ± 1hour, 15 minutes. These flights are conducted by SA Express (
By Bus - Johannesburg to Phalaborwa
Buses leave from the Johannesburg Park Station or the Midrand Bus Station ± 25kms from the Johannesburg International Airport. To get to either station, you will need to organize transport with your hotel/backpackers or catch a taxi.
Translux buses depart Jo'Burg early every day at Midrand and Pretoria, arriving into Phalaborwa late afternoon. The Midrand bus is recommended for volunteers arriving on early morning flights as it provides as extra grace period.
For bus reservations you can reserve online at Volunteers need to arrive at the bus station at least 30 minutes before departure to pay for your bus ticket or the ticket will be forfeited. Try to book your bus ticket at least a month in advance as they definitely fill up!
The Phalaborwa area borders a malarial zone and it is incumbent upon each person to take medical opinion on vaccinations and whether or not to follow a malaria prophylactic program. There are no formal vaccinations requirements for entering South Africa.
You will need insurance.

Term of Appointment:
Minimum of 2 weeks but looking for longer commitments ideally.

Application Deadline:
ongoing... we need help year-round

See for full guide and info

Contact Information:
Samantha Dewhirst
PO Box 1937
Phalarwa 1390
South Africa

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