By Dian Hasan | June 14, 2009
If you’re game for a unique travel experience, where you immerse yourself in other cultures while helping save primates, then volunteering at the Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation & Environmental Education Centre in South Africa may be just the answer.
Located in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, home to Kruger, Mapungubwe and Marakele National Parks, and another 50 provincial nature reserves.
Riverside makes a great base for exploring the province and it makes excellent use of its volunteers. You would be helping out with the rehabilitation of primates (vervet monkeys, baboons, bush babies), as well as birds, antelope and reptiles.
The main challenge derives from the listing of the Baboon (Papio Ursinus), Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus Aethiops), Red Jackal (Canis Mesomelas), Caracal (Rooikat) (Felis Caracal) and Bush Pig (Potamochoerus Porcus) species as “VERMIN” or “PROBLEM” animals by the South-African Provinces, which is a cause of major misconceptions. It is Riverside’s mission to save these animals, and the volunteer program contributes immensely to this tall order.
To date 344 vervet monkeys have been successfully returned to the wild. Source: Green Traveller. For more info: Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation & Environmental Education Centre.