Animal care & support

Muhammad Ali Yousafi Start Date: Apr 30, 2017 - End Date: Aug 27, 2017

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by: Muhammad Ali Yousafi Start Date: Apr 30, 2017 - End Date: Aug 27, 2017
About the Program

Its a unique opportunity to work in animal care and wildlife and environmental conservation projects. Conservation Project volunteers will have the option to work on a wide range of initiatives including Mole National Park, zoo work in Kumasi, monkey sanctuary work at Boabeng Fiema, and other options. This is a great volunteer option for all people who are interested in animals and want to make a difference in environmental conservation.

 Volunteer Duties in Kumasi Zoo

The Kumasi Zoo is home to a variety of birds and other endangered species of animals that are indigenous to Africa. Accra Zoo shifted to Kumasi in September 2006 because of the presidential palace construction. Volunteer daily duties include:


Cleaning areas

Feeding the animals

Moving the animals from one area to another

Taking care of sick animals as well as any other duties that will be assigned to you by the officials

Volunteer Duties at Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is about 22km north of Nkoranza and hosts a lot of families of Mona Monkeys. There are around 600 in the entire sanctuary and are brown. We also have around 250 Geoffrey's Pied Columbus Monkeys which are black and white. Traditional and local beliefs prohibit physical harm to monkey. This sanctuary is the only area in the region where people can see these species in large numbers. We also have a wide range of butterflies, birds, and many species of trees. Volunteers will be daily responsible for: administrative duties, leading tours, teaching visitors about monkeys and the flora and fauna of the surrounding area.

We are looking for volunteers who are hardworking, environmentally conscious, adaptable and open-minded about new cultures, and, of course, passionate.

Volunteer duties can shift daily, so volunteers must be flexible.

Researches and volunteers are expected to teach during their time at the sanctuary.


Mole National Park Volunteer Responsibilities

One hundred and seventy kilometers west of Tamale in the West Gonja District, is the Mole National Park. This National Park offers a great Safari-like experience and is one of the biggest elephant sanctuaries in Africa. The largest of Ghana’s National Parks and situated in the heart of the Guinea savannah woodland ecosystem, it is home to 93 mammalian species, 33 reptiles’, nine amphibians and an estimated 300 species of birds. As a volunteer on this project, you will assist with the research involved in tracking and studying these beautiful and complex animals. You will perform duties necessary to maintaining a natural and compatible living environment for the wildlife inhabiting the reserve. Your daily duties may include:

Monitoring the behavior, movement, and feeding patterns of elephants
Monitoring the population of lions, leopards, antelopes, elephants etc.
Capturing data to assist with ongoing endangered species research
Physical work to regenerate natural African bush from recovered farmland
Alien plant removal from reserve grounds

Typical day

Usual working days will go from 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM and include the following activities.

Cleaning areas
Feeding animals
Relocating animals
Taking care of sick animals
Capturing data