Drill Ranch has two sites open to the public free of charge year-round. Drill Ranch Calabar is home to the chimpanzee nursery, and Drill Ranch Afi Mountain is the destination for all animals once they’ve cleared quarantine.
Thousands of people, mostly locals who share the drill’s habitat, visit Drill Ranch every year. Every visitor receives a guided tour and free handouts to carry home. In Calabar, Drill Ranch is a popular excursion for nursery, primary and secondary school students, and undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Calabar and beyond.
Drill Ranch has no restaurant, but it can accommodate overnight guests either in a cabin at a cost of $20 per person per night, or in camp at $20 to $40 per night.
Cross River State is one of just a few places where drills are found, and there may be just a few thousand left. So if you want the opportunity to see one of these rare primates, check out the Drill Ranch site.
VOLUNTEER AT THE
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 animal husbandry. They also look for volunteers with practical and mechanical skills like construction; automotive and electrical; experience in developing countries; administrative skills, including management, fund-raising, public relations and writing; and conservation or development work, particularly in Africa.
If you have a serious interest, enjoy teamwork and welcome responsibility for demanding but often mundane work, Drill Ranch might be the spot for you.
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