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Monkey Forest Animal Sanctuary

Dennis and Annette from the Netherlands operate a small park near the Kakum National Park in Ghana, where they keep wild animals that have been abused by their previous owners and take care of pups whose parents were killed by poachers. While the goal is to reintroduce the animals in the wild again, this is not always possible. You can help Dennis and Annette care for the animals and in the operation of the small zoo.

Project Details

Only three kilometers from the visitor center of the Kakum National Park, Dutch couple Dennis and Annette, have created a refuge for injured, abandoned and abused animals; here, they nurse animals from monkeys to crocodiles and if possible, rehabilitate them.

Currently, the small park that can be visited by tourists, houses various sea cat species, a dik-dik (dwarf antelope), mongoose, genet cats, crocodiles, a Viper, turtles and various species of tropical birds; they rescue more animals on a regular basis.
As a volunteer, you can participate in the care and feeding of the animals and help build the enclosures. You can also clean the enclosures, lead maintenance activities through the web, guide tourists through the park and prepare snacks and drinks for the visiting tourists. You will, in short, support Dennis and Annette in all activities that occur in the small, simple system.

In the park, animals that are injured in traps or mistreated are taken care of. Even young animals, whose mothers were killed, are reared. Monkeys, antelopes and other wild animals are considered delicacy in Ghana and are bushmeat offered for sale. Hunting is banned within the protected rainforest of Kakum National Park, but this does not keep many locals from poaching. The animals are treated in the Monkey Forest, fed and, when circumstances permit, also rehabilitated.
Volunteers live on the premises in a large comfortable tent on a hill, from where one has a unique stunning view of the rain forest of Kakum National Park. Dennis and Annette keep an extensive supply of good food, consisting of Dutch and Ghanaian cuisine. You will be supplied with breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks.
Dennis and Annette came twelve years ago to Ghana and has since not returned to their homes. The whole area was personally tapped by the two and they have built every building and enclosure themselves. Only since 2013 has there been electricity within the site. Dennis also speaks German.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for volunteers.
Info Box
Location: Kakum, Ghana
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: German or English
Tent on park grounds with all meals provided
Supervision Possible: No
Qualification Of Supervisor: -
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: None
Further Contribution To Project: -
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: -
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

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