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rescued baby chimpanzee
OrganizationSanaga-Yong Center
Program CostsNone
Duration6 months +
Room & BoardProvided
Language RequirementsFluency in French and English
For a rewarding, life-enriching experience, consider volunteering at IDA-Africa's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center located on the edge of the forest near a remote village in Cameroon. The Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center occupies over two square kilometers and is currently home to 62 chimpanzees and five to eight humans at any one time. It employs 25 Cameroonians from local villages who serve as chimpanzee caregivers, round-the-clock security guards and groundskeepers. The grounds include cabins for volunteers, a combination kitchen/office building, a vet clinic, an education center, a shelter for staff meetings and meals, chimpanzee enclosures and cages , and a small garden where some of the food for the chimpanzees is grown. The Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, West-Central Africa seeks volunteers for six-month stays. Under the direction of a Project Manager, volunteers are responsible for carrying out day-to-day operations of the sanctuary. Tasks include working with/overseeing Cameroonian staff (who speak French), buying food and supplies in town and nearby villages, helping with chimpanzee care and feeding, maintaining project equipment, assisting with construction projects, painting, and other manual tasks. Volunteers pitch in wherever most needed, though efforts are made to match individuals with their specific talents and skills. Please note that direct hands-on contact with chimpanzees is limited.