Volunteer With Monkeys

Monkeys are a group of primates (others include tarsiers, lemurs, apes or humans) consisting of about 260 known living species all in all. Many species are arboreal, although there are some monkeys that live primarily on the ground, such as baboons.

Here at The Great Projects, we offer you the chance to volunteer with monkeys – including baboons in Namibia, vervet monkeys in Malawi, Squirrel monkeys in Costa Rica and more. We have various projects on offer which provide volunteer opportunities with monkeys, where you can make a true difference to monkey conservation around the world. All you need to do is take your pick! 

As some of our closest relatives, the chance of volunteering with monkeys abroad does not come around too often and is definitely an incredible privilege. Join The Great Projects on one of these monkey conservation projects and you'll be able to enjoy this one of a kind experience.

Monkeys At A Glance

ENDANGERED STATUS
131 Species Threatened With Extinction
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
Dependent On Species
ENDEMIC REGION
The Americas, Africa, Asia

How Endangered Are Monkeys

One shocking statistic with regards to the number of monkeys remaining in the wild today is that of the 264 species of monkey in the world, half are threatened with extinction. 58 of the threatened species live in South and Central America, 46 in Asia, and 26 in Africa. This shows just how widespread the problems facing monkeys are. Of the 130 which are threatened with extinction, 24 species are considered critically endangered, and the chances are high that they will soon be extinct in the wild if drastic action is not taken sooner rather than later.

Threats Monkeys Are Facing

As you have probably worked out by now, by far the biggest threat to monkeys all around the world is habitat loss. With huge swathes of forest being cut down every day, the monkeys are finding fewer and fewer places to live. This means that they have to share less food with a greater number of monkeys, and as a result many are dying.

Another big problem facing the monkeys is hunting. Both for bush meat and the illegal pet trade, young monkeys are being ripped away from their mothers and taken away to either be killed or sold to the highest bidder.

Fast Facts
  • The fastest primate on Earth is the Patas Monkey. They can reach speeds of up 34 miles per hour which is actually faster than Usain Bolt’s world record 100 meters top speed!
  • A group of monkeys is called a troop.
  • The Pygmy Marmoset is the world’s smallest monkey. It weighs 85 to 140 grams and measures 117-159 millimetres.

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The story of Pretzel highlights the important work undertaken by the incredible team at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. From horrific circumstances with unfortunate consequences, Pretzel has overcome a traumatic ordeal and has newfound freedom and friendships in her new sanctuary home.


Laos Wildlife Sanctuary's Recent Rescues

Even during a pandemic, the Laos Wildlife Sanctuary stands strong in their fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. In just a few short weeks, the incredible rescue team set out to rescue 3 monkeys all affected by the devastating pet trade. Find out more about each of these rescue missions in this blog.


An Update From The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre - Rescuing Tom Brady

Our latest update from the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre follows the rescue of none other than Tom Brady...or, at least, his vervet monkey namesake! Read on to learn more about Tiny Tom, from his arrival at the centre to his recovery.


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Check Out Doug's Volunteer Review of the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

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Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer Reviews

Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer Reviews

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Anita And Graham's Volunteer Review Of The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary!

Anita And Graham's Volunteer Review Of The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary!

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Meet Shrinky... A Very Special Baboon From The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary!

Meet Shrinky... A Very Special Baboon From The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary!

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