Every year the Trust hosts over 20 guests who choose to set off 1- 4 weeks of their busy schedule to volunteer at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. My experience with Ngamba chimps was one of the most incredible volunteer programs have ever done in my life. Ngamba chimps are so fascinating and adorable when you start feeding them. They show food grunts like clapping their hands, stumping the ground and tool use. Volunteers, get a chance to learn more about these individuals since every gesture they make is meaningful. Your evenings will always be great as you help chimpanzees make their nest. You will provide them with hay, watch them climb up in their hammocks to sleep. At this point, you will appreciate why chimps sleep in a different nest every night.

It is based on the desire of people to spend more time learning the behaviors of the chimpanzees at the sanctuary that the Trust developed the volunteer program. This will provide you with the opportunity to support the organization in achieving its objective by sharing your skills and expertise. Your visit to take part in our volunteer program will always impact our operations in one way or the other as well as becoming a great ambassador of conservation.

Check out what Alyson Baker has to say about her passion for being part of the Chimpanzee Family.

“Hi, my name is Alyson Baker a librarian who lives in Nelson, New Zealand. My volunteer journey with Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary began in June 2017 with a month’s stay. Later returned for a short visit in November 2018 and hope to visit again in 2020.  It’s from this experience that I choose to adopt Medina one of the chimps returned from South Sudan. Am still passionate about writing stories about chimps and giving presentations to local groups.  I have spoken to library and Probus groups for retired people and recently gave a presentation to Nelson Women’s Club.  People love to hear stories about the chimps and are quite shocked to hear how endangered chimpanzees are.  Hopefully, some of that concern will result in support for great organizations like the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust.  This year I am planning to hold a house concert to raise money for Ngamba Island, playing my Shakuhachi flute! “

We can all work together to make a difference in the lives of our closest relatives the Chimps and Dr Jane Goodall in the My life with chimpanzees article said; “if we all start listening and helping, then surely together, we can make the world a better place. Can’t we?”

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