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.

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Florian's Review of the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary!

Florian volunteered at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary in August 2021 and took the time to share with us some of his favourite highlights, alongside some wonderful photos! Have a read of today's blog to see what you could experience when volunteering in Namibia.

Meet The New Arrival at the Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary

Meet 10-month-old spider monkey, Koa, in today's blog. After a wildlife confiscation undertaken in December by local Forest and Environmental Protection Police officers, Koa was freed from illegal captivity as a pet and is now undergoing rehabilitation at the Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Latest From The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

Happy New Year! We thought we’d kick off the blogging year with some updates from the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. From the adorable to those that will give you a giggle, these updates will introduce you to some of the new faces at the centre and will give you some insight into how busy this 'orphan season' has been at the sanctuary. 

Eszter's Experience of the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary!

Eszter's Experience of the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary!

Volunteer Eszter joined the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary team...

Recent Rescues & A Release At The Laos Wildlife Sanctuary!

Recent Rescues & A Release At The Laos Wildlife Sanctuary!

Over the past month, the Laos Wildlife Sanctuary have had...

Meet The Founder Of The Sloth Conservation And Wildlife Experience

Meet The Founder Of The Sloth Conservation And Wildlife Experience

Meet the founder of the Sloth Conservation and Wildlife...

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre - Pretzel's Story

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre - Pretzel's Story

The story of Pretzel highlights the important work...

Monkeys At A Glance

131 Species Threatened With Extinction
Dependent On Species
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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