The vervet monkey baby season has started!
The next 3 months is probably one of the most rewarding experiences for wildlife volunteers, who are prepared to dedicate themselves to looking after the orphaned vervet monkeys and teaching them the ropes. It involves a lot of night shifts, early mornings and bottle feeding.
The Sanctuary receives approximately 40-60 babies and 30-60 juveniles/adults every year and currently looks after over 500 vervet monkeys as well as some bushbabies and samango monkeys. This is an ideal project for anyone who has ever dreamed of working with monkeys.
During the baby season (Nov – Feb) volunteers are more than likely to work with baby monkeys, nearly all orphaned and traumatised. The monkeys are introduced to foster mothers and crèche groups, ensuring each baby is stabilised, healthy and able to drink from a bottle when handling them.
Baby rehabilitation involves volunteers handling or observing the babies in their outdoor playpen, mixing up bottles of milk, preparing foods and administering medicine if required. They need to be fed and monitored throughout the day – checking for any injuries, stress or sickness to ensure they are in the best of health at all times. This task is done daily and volunteers will usually have a 2/3 day shift rotation whilst monitoring, to ensure continuity of observation.
Volunteers are essential to the work of the Vervet Monkey Sanctuary and may be involved in constructing new enclosures, painting, wire twisting, knot tying, digging, fastening or even pouring cement. These new enclosures provide the facility to offer better care to the monkey population.
Volunteering on the Vervet Monkey Sanctuary project is a great opportunity for those with an interest in primates to get involved with animal welfare and conservation work. Volunteers work directly alongside a world-renowned primatologist and will be trained in all aspects of primate care, including serving as “surrogate parents” to baby monkeys and introducing juvenile monkeys to existing troops at the sanctuary.
So, if you would love to be a part of helping these cheeky baby vervet monkeys, and volunteering at the Vervet Monkey Sanctuary, please give the Amanzi Travel team a call on +44 (0)117 253 0888 or email Gemma@amanzitravel.com
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