A Primate Saving Photo Initiative

Photographers are needed to help document all the monkeys at this monkey sanctuary just outside Plettenburg Bay in South Africa. The sanctuary is open to the public and the monkeys in the sanctuary roam freely as they would in the wild. The aim of the project is that visitors leave with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing.

One of the main goals is to educate the public about the adverse effects of keeping primates and birds as pets, in terms of both physical and psychological health. Also important is to teach visitors about the rapid decline of natural habitats due to logging, mining, agriculture and human settlements.

Visitors are also encouraged to buy goods wisely, ranging from second-hand or antique wood-products, to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics that were not tested on animals.

Around 450 apes, monkeys and lemurs live at the sanctuary, including gibbons, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, miniature monkeys, vervets, saki monkeys, howler monkeys, two species of langurs and three species of lemur.

Expect costs in/around $1600 for a 12 week commitment ($20/day). Will fluctuate with currency exchange rates.

Costs cover single or shared room (depending on availability) in a volunteer house on-site, airport transfers from George Airport, pre-departure information pack and onsite orientation provided, 24-hour emergency support, and fundraising tips & tools.