Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary
Focus: Animal care, Conservation and Education.
Wild Futures' Monkey Sanctuary is home to a group of woolly monkeys, rescued capuchins and Barbary macaques. We promote the welfare and conservation of primates and habitats worldwide, educate our visitors on conservation, sustainability and the suffering caused by the exotic pet trade and campaign to make the trade illegal in the UK.
Wild Futures is a registered charity founded upon five decades of experience as a leader in the field of primate welfare and conservation, environmental education and sustainable practice. We are committed to protecting primates and habitats worldwide, with the protection of non-human primates at the forefront of our work.
Our safe haven for monkeys rescued from situations of abuse and neglect is The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall, which has an international reputation for levels of care and innovative management techniques. We work closely with other organisations to lobby local and central government to bring about positive change for primates. We also supports projects overseas with funding, practical assistance and advice and believe that education is vital in changing things for the better; educating more than 30,000 visitors and students on our work each year.
Our charity receives no government funding, so financial support is vital to allow us to continue our important work.
Over half of all primate species are now threatened with extinction, yet primates are essential to the health of the forests in which they live. These are the same forests that protect the planet from the effects of climate change – their future is our future.
Costs & Benefits
Wild Futures offers various volunteering opportunities, which are outlined below. Our charity simply could not function without the help of people generously giving their time, so we would love to have you join our team!
We host up to 10 volunteers at a time, all year round, in shared accommodation at The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall, UK. Short-term placements run from 2-6 weeks and long-term for up to 3 months. No special qualifications are needed, we just ask for volunteers to be enthusiastic and hard-working with a general concern for animals and the environment. You need to be over the age of 18 and have a good working knowledge of the English language.
Many people who hear about our Sanctuary are interested in learning more about our work, how we care for the monkeys and what it is like behind the scenes. We also have many overseas volunteers who are looking to practice their English in a working environment. The Monkey Sanctuary is a great place to do this!
Although volunteers do not work directly with the monkeys (who require consistent, specialised care from experienced primate care staff), they do help make sure that things run smoothly. Volunteers help to clean the enclosures, prepare the monkey’s food, learn to identify edible wild leaves and make enrichment items for them. They also help with site upkeep and other daily tasks, gaining a unique insight into the work we do.
This type of volunteering is also available for local volunteers who want to volunteer for a day a week, but do not require accommodation. Work experience placements are also available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
We offer a limited number of 12-month long internships, in various departments, based at our Sanctuary in Cornwall, UK. Our internships are an exciting opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, working alongside an experienced team, with the chance to earn a recommendation from a highly respected primate sanctuary. We are currently accepting applications for Primate Care, PR and Fundraising. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
We are always looking for special, dedicated people to become Ambassadors for primates, helping to raise awareness of our work and fundraise for Wild Futures in their local area. Our Ambassador scheme is a great way to increase your knowledge on primate welfare and conservation and it also looks great on your CV! Find out more here.
A voluntary donation for room and food is requested (suggested amount 40 GBP per week). Volunteers must provide transportation to the Sanctuary.
Shared rooms with bunk beds on site, up to 5 in a room, single sex dorms, in the house with the sanctuary team. Bedding provided, food and free Wi-Fi provided.
No specific skills required, just enthusiasm for animal welfare and/or conservation, a good level of spoken and listening English, and a willingness to learn. Volunteers aged 18 - max 75 years old.
The Monkey Sanctuary
Tel: ++44 844 272 1271
Average cost per day:£6
Focus: Animal care, Conservation and Education
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old