Join our Primate Care Team

C.A.R.E. greatly needs volunteers to help with the husbandry aspects of rehabilitation and care for baby baboon orphans in their first phase of rehabilitation, assist with their bonding to baboon surrogate mothers and to assist with the rehabilitation of adult baboons which have been rescued from all sorts of circumstances.  We are also seeking research students and anyone with handy-man skills that can help with development of the centre.

Teachers and educators are also welcome since we have just finished building our education centre and are needing assistance to develop our outreach programs.


To be part of the animals healing; bonding with the baboons in a way that is incomprehensible to most, watching them grow in confidence, and to witness them becoming wild, sociable animals again, is an experience with unparalleled rewards; that any helper will never forget.


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Volunteer Guide

HOW YOU CAN HELP; Volunteer Activities: 

We need you!  Whilst the main bulk of the volunteering involves cleaning enclosures of adult baboons awaiting release and  caring for the orphan baby baboons, there are also other essential aspects and additional experiences to ensure C.A.R.E. is achieving its broader goals of helping the communities and environment on a greater scale too.  Here are some of the activities you may be involved in, depending on how many volunteers there are available at the centre and which staff are available.  The volunteers are always assigned to the raising of the orphans, and if we have enough hands we enjoy getting our other projects off the ground too.


  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Helping to supervise Orphan Baby Baboon and caring for them in their first phase of rehabilitation (if orphans are present during your stay)
  • Enrichment Programme
  • Husbandry of adult baboons undergoing rehabilitation 
  • Veterinary Experience
  • Behavioural Observations
  • Data collection
  • Enclosure Maintenance & Design
  • Collecting natural vegetation for feeding
  • Collecting natural items for enrichment and feeding
  • Husbandry for the smaller animals including adorable rescued guinea pigs, dogs, cats
  • Cleaning and organising all areas of the centre
  • Tracking
  • Alien and Invasive Plant Removal
  • Community Outreach and Education
  • Opportunities to go on excursions; e.g. the Kruger National Park next door, the Panorama Route (Blyde Canyon, waterfalls etc.), horse riding safaris, nearby attractions and other rehabilitation centres.

Help C.A.R.E. Make a Real Difference & Apply Today....

C.A.R.E. needs many helping hands, volunteers are an essential, valuable aspect of the work force.  Volunteering at C.A.R.E. is a truly rewarding experience, and most volunteers return at least once to see the animals that they helped to hand-rear and/or integrate grow up.  The baboons never forget you, and most volunteers never forget the baboons!


To apply read the pre-requisits and visa requirements and apply.  For all shorter-term volunteering (<4 months) you can fill out the form below or email  For all longer-term positions and veterinary positions download the right APPLICATION FORM.


To apply today or request more information fill out the appropriate form below.  Be sure to include your age, background, qualifications, skills and interests.  We will get back to you as soon as we can. 


We ask all volunteers to make a non-refundable donation contribution to the centre.  C.A.R.E. receives no government assistance and doesn’t have any sponsors which help with the day to day costs of caring for the animals.  The volunteer program is what funds the centre, the donation you pay not only covers the costs of housing and feeding you at the centre, but it also pays for the care of the animals you are going to be working with.  The volunteer program has been in operation since the 90’s and has funded the growth of the centre since then.


Many volunteers embark on fundraising initiatives to fundraise for their donation contribution and even their flights.


The Great Primate Handshake visits C.A.R.E.

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Baboon and wildlife rehabilitation centre and sanctuary, pioneering in rehabilitation for release back into the wild since 1989.