Help take care of over a hundred chimpanzees on this award-winning project in the biggest chimp sanctuary in the world! Interact with orphaned chimps, assist with behavioural research initiatives, behavioural enrichment activities, infrastructure development and community farming initiatives.
Chimpanzee & Wildlife Orphan Care Project Wildlife Orphanage, situated on the banks of the Kafue River Zambia (Northern Zambia)
The Wildlife Orphanage (where it all began)
- Making/constructing permanent behavioural enrichment structures/toys to entertain the chimpanzees (such as tyre swings, shaking boxes etc.)
- Making temporary toys/challenges for chimpanzees (often food based) to keep the chimpanzees occupied
- Taping food to walls in difficult to reach places so that the chimpanzees must improvise to get the food
- Filling drilled holes (in logs) with porridge to replicate termiting behaviour and providing the chimpanzees with sticks to fish them out
- Simply providing company to the enclosed chimpanzees helps to enrich their lives
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Wildlife Orphanage, situated on the banks of the Kafue River Zambia (Northern Zambia)
What will I be doing?
Help take care of over a hundred chimpanzees in the world's biggest chimps sanctuary.
- Partake in behavioural enrichment activities and create individualized enrichment plans for specific chimpanzees
- Be a part of the day-to-day life and maintenance of the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in the world
- Capture data on chimpanzee interaction, behaviours and any tools used to support the unique research opportunity the centre provides
- Play an important role in the rehabilitation of endangered chimpanzees
- Experience life the ‘African’ way! Live in a rustic environment in a very rural, beautiful setting
- Make friends for life with the international volunteers on the program and immerse yourself in Zambian culture
- Project fee: this includes financing that goes directly back into the project and to the chimpanzees and other orphan animals, facilitating the continued care and rehabilitation of animals in need, as well as food, management and maintenance of the sanctuary
- Return airport transfers (Ndola – Chimfunshi)
- Three meals a day
- Full time assistance in your projects and comprehensive orientation by various trained staff during your stay
- The service of a cleaner for your room each day
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing
- Return flights to Zambia
- Email and telephone calls made during your placement
- Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary
- Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement, which is expected to include cover for air evacuation and repatriation
- Food and drink items not included in your meals
- Laundry (there are facilities for you to hand wash your own clothes)
Volunteers on this project have to be in good physical shape, as physical work is involved on most days. Must be able to walk at least 4km.
Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participant's health.
This project takes on only a handful of volunteers at a time, so while your group might be small, the impact you'll be making will be significant and you'll work closely with our project manager and volunteer coordinator on site.
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