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Africa Baboon Rescue and Rehabilitation Volunteer Project - South Africa

Spend some quality time in the South African wilderness with baby and older baboons and provide these majestic animals with the loving care they need. Bond with a rescued baby baboon to give it a new chance at life or work with older rescues who love to kick back and play. This Baboon Rehabilitation Centre is the biggest rehabilitation centre for baboons in South Africa, and everything is included in this incredible volunteer travel package!

At a glance:

Care for orphaned and injured baboons in South Africa

Accommodation: Shared rooms in volunteer house

Meals: x3 meals provided

Dates: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month

Minimum stay: 14 days plus orientation of 3 days

 

What animals will I help care for? 

 

During your stay at the Baboon Rehabilitation Centre, you'll be taking care of baboons at every stage of development. The Rehabilitation Centre frequently receives orphaned baboons into their care, and volunteers help these babies bond with baboon surrogate mothers. The rest of the baboons at the Rehabilitation Centre also require loving care, and beyond bonding with baboons, you'll also make sure that the enclosures they live in remain clean and interesting.

 

About the Baboon Rehabilitation Centre

 

The Baboon Rehabilitation Centre is family-operated, and it is the largest centre of its kind if South Africa. This facility is relatively close to the friendly town of Hoedspruit, and while it is in a fairly remote in location, it is equipped with all the comforts of home. Volunteers have access to meals, recreation facilities, and Wi-Fi, and the baboon quarters at the Rehabilitation Centre include all of the amenities that they need to stay healthy and safe. The Baboon Rescue Rehabilitation Centre recognises the vital importance of human interaction while baboon babies are healing from the circumstances associated with their abandonment, and your duties as a volunteer will centre largely around this ethical commitment.

 


What will I be doing at The Baboon Rehabilitation Centre?

  • At the Baboon Rehabilitation Centre, you'll be providing baboons with the love and support that they didn't receive in the wild. Some baby baboons have been hunted, poisoned, or harmed in road accidents, and you'll give these tiny babies psychological, emotional, and physical support as they prepare to be bonded with surrogate mothers. You'll also take care of the troop into which your baboon baby will be released.

Tasks you’ll be involved in include:

The activities at the Rehabilitation Centre vary based on the number of baboon babies that are currently undergoing rehabilitation. Some examples of the duties you may perform include:

  • Supervising baboon babies in the nursery
  • Preparing food and feeding baboon babies
  • Cleaning the baby baboon play area
  • Cleaning the baboon work area and food store
  • Helping baboon babies bond with surrogate mothers
  • Preparing food for mature baboon troops
  • Collecting behavioural data
  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures
  • Constructing climbing structures
  • Collecting grass, foliage, seed pods, and elephant dung
  • Loading and unloading supplies at local farms
  • Sorting through food
  • Weeding
  • Mapping vegetation data
  • Caring for rescued domestic animals
  • Meal worm care
  • Laundry
  • Weekly shopping
  • Maintaining paths
  • Cooking and cleaning
  • Walking the dogs
  • Taking care of the cats
  • Assisting in fundraising efforts
  • Providing mature baboons with toys

Volunteer Typical Day

A typical day includes:
  • 6:00 AM: Bottles and feeding rounds
  • 7:00 AM: Breakfast for volunteers
  • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Various duties
  • One hour for lunch is provided at some point between 12 PM and 2 PM
  • 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: - Various duties
  • 7:00 PM: Dinner

 

Accommodation

There are six rooms on-site that each house 2-4 people. You'll also have access to a kitchen, recreation room, and communal garden space. The entire Volunteer Village is surrounded by an electric fence to protect you from roaming wildlife (but safe to view them through!). Two toilet rooms are offered with separate sink rooms, and there are also two open-sky showers where you can gaze at the beautiful blue sky while you get shower. Paid Wi-Fi is also provided in your room and in common spaces.

    Meals

    The menu at the Rehabilitation Centre is mainly vegan, but you'll have chances to go to town to purchase other types of food.
    Breakfast: Cereal, muesli, yoghurt, toast, milk, tea, coffee
    Lunch: Sandwiches, pasta, salad, savoury pies
    Dinner: Dinner entree consisting of ingredients like lentils, chickpeas, beans, tomatoes, corn, broccoli, mushrooms, potatoes, and spinach. 

      What is needed:

      • Current tetanus and TB (BCG) vaccine. A blood test with a negative TB result is required if you did not receive a BCG vaccine as a child since this disease can be passed to baby and adult baboons.
      • Rabies and malaria vaccines are also recommended but not compulsory
      • Signed photo release and indemnity form before the beginning of the project
      • Water bottle
      • Torch
      • Mosquito netting
      • Rubber gloves
      • Closed-toe shoes for daily duties
      • Dark-coloured clothing for interaction with baboons, which allows you to remain inconspicuous
      • Gum boots are provided, but you may want to bring your own
      • Medications and a first aid kit
      • Swimming costume for swimming in the pool at the nearby lodge
      • Baseball cap to protect your face from the sun

      What's included?

      • Transportation to and from the airport
      • Meals and accommodation
      • Arrival orientation
      • Tours of the cities of Soweto and Pretoria
      • Logistical support in-country
      • Assistance with acquiring visa
      • Assistance with finding flights and insurance

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