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Volunteer work with Monkeys
From Baboons to Colobus and Capuchin monkeys, there are thousands upon thousands of monkeys worldwide that need your help as a volunteer in monkey conservation. While some of these monkeys are hunted for their body parts, others are loosing their natural habitats due to pollution and global warming. In turn, your voluntary work in this area will prove to be even more meaningful as you can do your part to save the lives of many monkeys in your chosen volunteer destination.
🐒 How many species of monkey are there?
There are more than 262 different types of monkeys. They are separated into two major categories: New World and Old World. The New World monkeys live in the Americas, while Old World monkeys live in Asia and Africa. The most famous monkeys are:
⚠️ Why are monkeys endangered?
Unfortunately, most species of monkeys are either endangered or critically endangered. There are several reasons why monkeys are endangered:
- Climate change
- Global warming
- Illegal Hunting
- Habitat loss and destruction (farming)
Climate change and global warming are just two of the factors that are putting entire monkey populations at risk of becoming extinct. If you would like to do something about this, then joining one of our monkey conservation volunteer projects is certainly the way to go. Through your charity work, you will be able to fight the unregulated hunting and poaching. Half the 262 species of monkeys in the world are threatened with extinction. Fifty-eight of the threatened species live in South and Central America, 46 in Asia and 26 in Africa. Of these, 24 monkeys are critically endangered, with an extremely high chance of soon becoming extinct in the wild.
Deforestation and the overexploitation of all kinds of natural resources are two further factors that are contributing to more and more monkeys nearing extinction. From wild monkeys that are illegally kept as pets to animal testing performed on monkeys, if it was not for your work as a volunteer in monkey conservation, many of these monkeys would not stand even the slightest chance of surviving. Definitely consider joining a monkey conservation volunteer project listed here if you want to do your part to prevent these magnificent creatures from disappearing from this earth altogether.
🌍 Where can I volunteer with monkeys?
Depending on which monkey conservation volunteer program you choose, you will get to live in some incredible foreign countries.
- South Africa
- Central America
- Costa Rica
- South America
📋 What are common tasks at a monkey sanctuary?
Before you pick your chosen monkey conservation volunteer program, you will definitely want to take a closer look at the respective volunteer project description. All of these volunteer projects will ask you to complete very different tasks as a monkey conservation volunteer.
While you will likely get to feed and interact with monkeys at a monkey orphanage, your job as a monkey conservation volunteer might be closer to that of a researcher. A big part of monkey conservation is tracking the local monkey population. As such, you will be working alongside trained monkey conservation professionals that will support you in completing various GPS tracking, habit assessment, and lab work activities. The following tasks might also be part of your job description as a monkey conservation volunteer:
- Taking care of baby monkeys (orphans)
- Cleaning monkey cages
- Behavioral observations
- Clerical tasks
- Educational efforts
If you are planning on becoming a monkey conservation volunteer in one of those regions, where monkey body parts are still believed to possess medicinal or even magical properties, you will likely be asked to educate the local public by hosting various seminars or other events. The goal is to get the local population to support your monkey conservation efforts. The more people you are able to get on board, the fewer monkeys will become prey to unregulated hunting – it really is as simple as that. As you can see, your work at a monkey conservation volunteer project will thus have a measurable effect on the lives of the current monkey population in your chosen volunteer destination.
🦍 Why should I volunteer at a monkey sanctuary?
Signing up to become part of a monkey conservation volunteer project will certainly enrich your life. Not only will you get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to live in foreign country, but you will likely acquire new skills that you did not possess before. If monkey conservation is something that you are not just passionate about as a hobby, volunteering can even prepare you for your future career.
In addition, many of the friends that you will make during your time as a volunteer abroad will likely stay your friends for the rest of your life. And do not forget all of the fun that you will be having as a monkey conservation volunteer either! Given the diverse set of tasks that you will be asked to complete depending on your individual skill set, you will not get bored anytime soon. Instead, you can challenge yourself to grow as a person on a daily basis. So why not take this opportunity by the horns and sign up for one of our monkey conservation volunteer projects today?