This is a short-term volunteering opportunity at our primate sanctuary with a maximum stay of one year. You will assist in all duties that take care of our primates.
At International Primate Rescue we give a home to ex-pet, ex-lab and ex-zoo monkeys. A lot of our primates have behavioral problems due to their background and non of them are native to South Africa. Because of this they can never be released in the wild and caring for them is very hands-on.
Once a week, short term volunteers get the opportunity to spend quality time in safe enclosures to get close to your favourite monkeys. Monkey time is also a good chance for the monkeys to get enrichment and a yummy treat and for you to take some amazing pictures!
International Primate Rescue started life as the Marmoset Welfare Foundation in March 1996 in Polokwane, South Africa, where founder Sue Mousley had been caring for primates since 1990. Fascinated by the strange and unstable behaviour patterns of a Common Marmoset monkey named “Meggie”, she was prompted to study behavioural problems and other disorders in captive and/or orphaned nonhuman primates.
The sanctuary, the first of its kind in South Africa, received its first monkey, an eight-month old Common Marmoset named “Cheeky”, in April 1996. After a report on national TV in South Africa, the sanctuary was inundated with requests to receive problem monkeys. In 1998, the sanctuary was offered a very disturbed Bolivian Squirrel monkey, and 15 month old Bobby, who is still a resident at the sanctuary, became the first primate other than a Marmoset to be cared for at the International Primate Rescue. By September 2001 Sue and the primates were obliged to relocate to a larger property in order to accommodate the swelling numbers of primates in need. In Israel; Iris, a Patas monkey became the first international rescue case and was flown from Israel to the sanctuary in South Africa in February 2002. The rescue was widely reported, and IPR has since received numerous requests to assist in international rescues. The sanctuary has since received primates in need from as far afield as Mali, Germany, Hungary and Israel.
The sanctuary, which relocated from Polokwane to Pretoria, South Africa in 2010 currently cares for over 120 primates, including Marmosets, Tamarins, Capuchins, Macaques, Squirrel Monkeys, Mona Monkeys, Patas Monkeys and Grey Mouse Lemurs. Many are hand reared ex-pets who arrive with behavioural problems and require rehabilitation from psychological disorders. The sanctuary houses exotic primates, who are unable to be returned to the wild, and therefore our time and focus is aimed at ensuring all enclosures are as suitable and comfortable for each individual as possible. The demand for this service is growing relentlessly; we receive a constant stream of requests to rescue homeless primates in South Africa and abroad. Through this, the sanctuary is expanding on a daily basis in order to keep up with the demand.
You will have days for yourself every week, regular tasks at the sanctuary will be assistance in:
Bosveld tours can organise group trips to places such as Kruger National Park, Horseback Safaris, lion and Rhino park, Wonder Caves, Apartheid museum and many more.
You have use of the pool next door on selected days. There is a local bar, supermarket and pizza take away.
Dorm rooms are very basic and can accommodate a maximum of 14 people in one dorm.
Beds are bunk beds and we will provide sheets, pillow and duvet.
There are 2 indoor toilets and 1 shower, with a further (enclosed) shower and toilet on the grounds outside, we also provide towels for your use.
We have a volunteer kitchen for your use and groups tend to go on shopping trips every week or so to buy food. During peak periods we open a small shop on site for you to buy your essentials.