Volunteer at Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Cameroon, Africa

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May 15, 2023, 5:38:41 PMMay 15
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Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue (SCYR) has immediate openings for volunteers. Located on the edge of a lush forest in Cameroon (west-central Africa), SYCR provides sanctuary for 78 chimpanzees, orphaned by poachers. Founded and directed by a U.S. veterinarian, the sanctuary offers an unforgettable opportunity to live and work in close proximity to a number of amazing animals. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to assist with day-to-day operations of the sanctuary and to pitch in wherever needed most. Positions are for 6 months with shorter stays sometimes possible (see below).

Tasks include:

  • helping with four daily chimpanzee feedings
  • washing, cutting & distributing fruit
  • helping to check fence lines, solar power, water containers
  • overseeing use of camp equipment
  • buying food & supplies in town
  • helping with part-time care of baby chimps if needed
  • working with Cameroonian staff 

Note: contact with chimpanzees occurs during 4 daily feedings; there is sometimes an opportunity to help care for a baby chimp/chimps (not guaranteed).

Please visit Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue to learn more.


  • Minimum 21 yrs and paid work experience
  • Fluent in English; basic conversational French a definite plus 
  • Good general health and physical stamina; able to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Able to adapt easily to changing tasks/schedules and to basic living conditions in an isolated setting

For veterinarians, medical personnel, mechanics, and engineers, qualifications, length of stay and fees/stipends are negotiable - please inquire.


  • University degree
  • Work experience, ideally as part of a group or project team
  • Experience living, or spending extended time, in a developing country (preferably Africa)
  • Prior experience working with chimpanzees or other great apes

This is an unpaid volunteer position. Travel expenses, visa, vaccinations, etc. are paid by the volunteer. No research grants are provided.

Support provided:
Lodging and vegetarian only meals are provided at the site at no cost to volunteers.

Term of Appointment:
6-month stays are strongly preferred but shorter stays are considered based on sanctuary needs. Minimum stay is 3 months.  If accepted as a volunteer, there is a one-time sliding fee scale based on length of stay: US$300 for 6 month stays; US$600 for 5-6 month stays; US$800 for 4-5 month stays; US$1000 for 3-4 month stays. 

Application Information:

Open all year - request application from: reb...@sanaga-yong.org  


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