PLEASE NOTE: our volunteer programme is currently closed until further notice. If you have already applied to volunteer with us, we will be in contact at a later date. 

We offer a limited number of self-funded volunteer placements for 1 to 3 months to people aged over 21 with a passion for primate conservation. This video gives a short overview of what it's like to volunteer at the sanctuary.

All our volunteers live and work at our Mefou forest site, which is home to over 120 chimps, 25 gorillas and a whole variety of monkeys, taking the number of animals in our care to over 350. The accommodation is very basic, it is very hot and humid and we expect volunteers to work hard so it's not easy! However, the rewards are fantastic and most of our volunteers have a once in a lifetime experience with the amazing animals in our care.

We must stress that we cannot guarantee that you will get direct, hands-on contact with the animals and our volunteers never work with the gorillas. Our policy is to minimise human contact with the animals because this is much better for their welfare. But even if you do not get the opportunity to hand-rear young orphans, you will live and work very closely with them so you will still have a memorable time.

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