Located on the edge of a lush forest in Cameroon (west-central Africa), Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue provides sanctuary for 76 chimpanzees, orphaned as a result of the illegal bushmeat trade. Founded and directed by a U.S. veterinarian, the project offers an unforgettable opportunity to live and work in close proximity to some amazing animals. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to assist with day-to-day operations of the sanctuary and positions are for a period of 6 months. Shorter 3 or 4-month stays are sometimes possible, depending on sanctuary needs. Length of stay for veterinarians and vet techs is negotiable.
Tasks include: helping with chimpanzee feedings, washing/cutting/distributing fruit, painting cages, maintaining camp equipment, buying food & supplies in town, and working with Cameroonian staff (most speak French). Note: contact with chimpanzees is strictly limited and occurs during daily feedings. IF there is a juvenile chimp in care, there may be a limited opportunity to provide part-time care for that chimp.
- Minimum 21 yrs and paid work experience
- Fluent in English or French: if fluent in English, conversational French strongly preferred (and vice versa)
- Good general health and physical stamina; able to lift up to 40 lbs.
- Able to adapt easily to changing tasks/schedules and to basic living conditions in an isolated setting
- University degree
- Work experience as part of a group or project team
- Experience living, or spending extended time, in a developing country (ideally Africa)
- Prior experience working with chimpanzees or other great apes
This is an unpaid volunteer position; no research grants or stipends are provided and SYCR does not cover travel, insurance or visa expenses. Volunteers do, however, receive lodging and vegetarian meals at the site at no cost. There is a one-time processing fee of US$300 due 2 weeks after acceptance.
Located on the edge of a lush forest in Cameroon (west-central Africa), Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue provides sanctuary for 76 chimpanzees, orphaned as a result of the illegal bushmeat trade. Founded and directed by a U.S. veterinarian, the…