Our volunteer programme provides a unique opportunity for individuals from all over the world to participate in the daily work of a sanctuary. Generally as a volunteer, you work hands-on with our staff. This means helping to care for rescued primates including gorillas, chimpanzees, drills, mandrills and baboons. Short-term vet volunteers generally work with the vet team after doing the daily cleaning. In short, volunteers assist our experienced caregivers with their daily activities including:
- Animal observation and monitoring
- Food preparation and feeding of animals
- Cleaning of cages
- Preparing and providing enrichment
Furthermore, during the school year volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside the education team and travel to local schools to educate children about wildlife conservation.
The LWC houses 15 primate species grouped into five different animal sections: chimpanzees, gorillas, papios (baboon, mandrills and drills), guenon and mangabeys, and quarantine. During the first two weeks of volunteering you will experience working on every section. Then, depending on how long you stay, normally volunteers focus on one particular section. However, depending on your field of expertise or interests you can, at the discretion of the management, become involved in other areas too. This could include our education programme, veterinary care, enclosure construction projects etc. It is important to know that the work is physically demanding and often dirty.
While volunteering at the centre, it is important to remember that most of the animals are victims of illegal poaching. They were captured as innocent youngsters and their mothers often brutally killed before their eyes. Most were subjected to a harsh, cruel and lonely life before being rescued by the LWC. And now here at the LWC they can enjoy a rich nutritional diet, large enclosures and the company of their own species, resulting in good health, both physically and psychologically. In addition to this, we would like to highlight that all funds received from volunteers go directly back into the project.
The Limbe Wildlife Centre is a conservation and rehabilitation centre. Therefore our aim is to one day release the animals in our care back into the wild. IF YOU ARE EXPECTING TO INTERACT DIRECTLY WITH ANIMALS (TOUCHING, PETTING), THIS PROJECT IS NOT FOR YOU. We have very strict rules regarding animal interaction and you may be asked to leave the project if these rules are broken.
If you are interested in volunteering at the LWC, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for complete the volunteer enquiry form.