Volunteer at a Primate Sanctuary in Africa

Have you ever wanted to be on the forefront of wildlife conservation in Africa? Your talents can help save Africa’s apes and monkeys, while you experience the thrill of working in a primate sanctuary. Fourteen of PASA’s African wildlife sanctuaries offer opportunities to do just that. Although most have restrictions on age and requirements on length of service and cost, most also are looking for volunteers with skills other than animal husbandry. Some require no skills at all. So check out this list and see what fits your level of experience and your desire for the ecotourism adventure of a lifetime.


Covid-19 restrictions have changed the opportunities available at PASA sanctuaries.
Please contact the sanctuary directly if you wish to volunteer.

Chimpanzee Conservation Centre
Haut Niger National Park, Guinea

If you like animals, are healthy, speak French fluently and aren’t put off by the hardships of life in the bush, volunteering at the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre in Guinea’s Haut Niger National Park is an option. The sanctuary’s goals are to rescue and release chimpanzees back into the wild – a process that may take a decade or more. More …
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Freetown, Sierra Leone

Tacugama, just a 30-minute drive from Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, cares for 75 chimpanzees in several forested acres. If you’re fit, believe you can contribute to Tacugama’s mission, have experience in developing countries or living alone in isolated areas, please consider volunteering here. More …
Drill Ranch*
Cross River State, Nigeria

Even if you don’t have experience with primates, Nigeria’s Drill Ranch can use your help. Caring for more than 70% of the world’s captive drills – now numbering over 500 – as well as 28 chimpanzees, Drill Ranch needs volunteers with skills in many areas, including animal husbandry. More …
Ape Action Africa
Near Yaounde, Cameroon

Ape Action Africa offers volunteers one to three months of demanding but rewarding work caring for the animals in Cameroon’s Mefou Primate Sanctuary. All volunteers live and work at the forest site, which is home to over 100 chimps, 20 gorillas and a variety of monkeys. In all, Mefou is home to more than 320 primates. More …
Limbe Wildlife Center
Limbe, Cameroon

Limbe Wildlife Center is a recovery and rehabilitation center for local wildlife in a coastal resort town. The Center cares for 16 gorillas, 50 chimpanzees, 54 drills, plus mandrills, baboons, mangabeys, guenons and even a few antelope and reptiles. Long hours, repetitive work and challenging living conditions are the norm for volunteers. More …
Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue
Mbargue Forest, Cameroon

Located in Cameroon’s remote Mbargue Forest, Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue provides sanctuary for 72 chimpanzees in seven enclosures sprawling over 40 acres of natural habitat. Sanaga-Yong actively seeks volunteers for six-month stays. More …
Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre
Democratic Republic of Congo

While the Centre would prefer volunteers with relevant experience or skills, you don’t need animal experience. In fact, if you speak French and accept the political instability, the sole requirement ¬is a willingness to handle any job that comes up. More …
Vervet Monkey Foundation
Tzaneen, South Africa

You don’t need previous experience to volunteer at South Africa’s Vervet Monkey Foundation – the largest center for vervets in the world. But you must have an interest in conservation and be prepared to work hard under the brutal African sun. The reward: the thrill of caring for a threatened, intelligent African primate – the vervet monkey. More …

Chimp Eden
Mpumalanga, South Africa

Jane Goodall’s Chimp Eden, established in 2006, is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. Located in the Umhloti Nature Preserve about 10 miles outside Nelspruit in the northeast corner of South Africa, it’s home to more than 30 rescued chimpanzees. A go-to destination for visitors for years, Chimp Eden is now opening its doors to volunteers. More …

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage
Near Chingola, Zambia

Volunteers provide the manpower that supports the day-to-day running of one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world. At Chimfunshi, volunteers experience life in the African bush, living in a rustic but beautiful setting in the heart of Africa. More …
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Lilongwe, Malawi

Whether you want to learn new skills for your next career move or take a break and “give something back,” think about volunteering at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Volunteers are critical to its mission, and assignments are carefully matched to your skills. More …
Colobus Conservation
Diani, Kenya

If you volunteer for Colobus Conservation, you’ll spend your time in the beach resort town of Diani, on the south coast of Kenya, and carry out wildlife and forest conservation work while overlooking the white sand beaches and clear waters of the Indian Ocean. More …
Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Ngamba Island and the Bunyoro Region

Ngamba has well-organized, four-week volunteer program in two parts. For the first part, you’ll work at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island, home to 49 chimpanzees. You’ll also spend some days helping out on local field projects. More …

Learn about volunteering with PASA from wherever in the world you are. Possibilities include writing grant proposals, social media, communications, and more.

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