Sanctuaries and volunteering opportunities in Africa
- Ape Action Africa – GFAS Verified
Gorillas and chimpanzees are on the brink of extinction; habitat loss and poaching threaten these magnificent animals more than ever before. Ape Action Africa is dedicated to the preservation of apes in Africa. They are protecting Cameroon’s great apes through direct action, including rescuing gorillas, chimpanzees and other orphans, giving them a safe and forested home-like sanctuary where they can live with other individuals of the same species.
Volunteer program: Ape Action Africa offers volunteer programs for three months in the sanctuary Yaounde. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the Ape Action website
- Limbe Wildlife Centre – GFAS Verified
Key species: Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Baboons and Mandrills, Vervets, and Mangabeys.
The Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC) is a rescue and rehabilitation project for wildlife located in the south-western region of Cameroon. Run by the Pandrillus Foundation, a conservation NGO, and the Government of Cameroon it was initiated in 1993. Since then it has been home to a variety of species including the critically endangered Ellioti chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti), the drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus), the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and cross river gorilla (G. g. diehli ). They have also rescued many species of long-tailed monkeys, including locally endemic species such as the Preuss’s monkey (Cercopithecus preussi) and several species of birds and reptiles.
Volunteer program: Volunteers are accepted for long (1 year or more) or short stays. For more information please contact email@example.com or the Limbe Wildlife Centre website
Main species: chimpanzees.
In the forests of Cameroon the number of chimps in the wild is decreasing dramatically. Today, it is estimated that fewer than 150,000 chimpanzees are left in African countries where they are native; when only the early 1900s saw African forests harboured about 2 million chimpanzees.
The illegal bush meat trade and loss of habitat are the main threats to these populations of primates.
Volunteer program: Volunteers are accepted for a minimum of 6 months and must speak French. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the IDA website
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro – GFAS Verified
- HELP Project – chimpanzee sanctuary, GFAS Verified
- JACK – chimpanzee sanctuary, GFAS Verified
- Lola ya Bonobo – bonobo sanctuary, GFAS Verified
- Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project – GFAS Verified
The “Centre de Conservation pour Chimpanzés” is a sanctuary located in the heart of the Upper Niger National Park, that houses and rehabilitates the chimpanzee victims of the illegal trafficking of wildlife. They also work to raise awareness and educate local populations.
The CCC works closely with the Guinean authorities, both nationally and locally and is supported by Primate Project Inc., an American NGO, and Project Primates in France.
For information on visiting and volunteering options in the sanctuary visit the Project Primates website.
- Mwalunganje Elephant Sanctuary
- Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary – GFAS Verified
- Colobus Conservation – GFAS Verified
- Drill Ranch – GFAS Verified
Sao Tome and Principe
- Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary – GFAS Verified
- Vervet Monkey Foundation – GFAS Verified
- Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden – GFAS Verified
- Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. A no-touch sanctuary managed by the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA)
- Birds of Eden. A no-touch sanctuary managed by SAASA
- Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. A no touch sanctuary, with apex cats, managed by SAASA.
- SAASA – South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance runs three sanctuaries in South Africa.The SAASA sanctuaries are Fairtrade Accredited and were awarded the following in 2014:1) Lilizela Service Excellence Tourism Awards – Best Visitors Experience2) Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards – Best Major Tourist Attraction3) World Responsible Tourism Awards – Best Animal Welfare Initiative and 4) World Responsible Tourism Awards – Overall Winner
- Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary – GFAS Verified