Wildlife Work in Ghana
We provide wonderful opportunities for volunteers and interns to help in animal care, wildlife and environment conservation projects. Conservation volunteers and interns work in a diversity of projects – Zoo work in Kumasi, Monkey Sanctuary work at Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, etc. The projects are suitable for anyone who loves animals and would like to work with them or make a difference in environment conservation.
Role of Volunteers and Interns at Kumasi Zoo
The Kumasi Zoo comprises of many birds and endangered species of animals indigenous to Africa. In September 2006, the Accra Zoo was moved to Kumasi, due to the construction of the presidential palace. As a volunteer, your day-to-day activities will be:
- Feeding the animals
- Moving the animals from one place to another
- Caring for sick animals and other duties that will be assigned to you by the officials.
Role of Volunteers at Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is located 22km North of Nkoranza and home to many families of Mona Monkeys which number about 600 in the sanctuary, nicely looking and brown in colour. The Geoffrey’s Pied Columbus Monkeys, are black and white in colour and are about 250 in the sanctuary. Traditional believes in the communities prohibit physical harm to the monkeys. Boabeng Fiema Monkeys Sanctuary is the only place in Africa where one can easily view these species. There are varieties of butterflies, birds and a lot of species of trees that one can identify. As a volunteer, your day-to-day activities will be:
- Administrative tasks
- Performing tours
- Educating visitors about the history of the monkeys and plants in the region.
Qualifications and Skills
Volunteers must be 16 years or older at the beginning of the program. No prior experience is necessary, however you must have the ability to adapt to a tropical environment, be in good health, and willing to help in the conservation area.
Volunteers tasks can vary on a daily basis and volunteers need to be flexible, open minded, hardworking, and willing to learn. Volunteers should also be pro- active and bring in new initiatives and ideas to the project.
The Wildlife project is either located in Kumasi in the Ashanti region, and at Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary in Brong-Ahafo region.