Posts Tagged ‘great ape conservation’

The Great Primate Handshake

This is a fascinating opportunity to volunteer for conservation of primate species of the world: The Great Primate Handshake seeks to educate and raise awareness of the work of primate sanctuaries and conservation work, via new media. Be a worker on video, photography, writing, web production, and more, while working directly with sanctuaries across Africa.

25% of the world’s primate species are near extinction. Chimps, vervet monkeys, colobus monkeys, bonobos…you name it, if it is a great ape or primate in Africa (and a few extended special projects–like one for Orangutans), this mobile production team uses state-of-the-art technology to promote the conservation work of so many, at no cost to the sanctuaries. Volunteers with a wide array of experience (and desire to learn new skills) join expeditions. On an expedition you will get digital media training and guidance; have access to HD cameras, laptops, etc; travel with your team via overland expedition vehicles; camp and stay at hostels; be provided three vegetarian meals per day; have game drive and safari opportunities; visit famous landmarks and natural sites; connect with and work alongside local conservation experts; and truly get to know our nearest evolutionary neighbors.

It seems like a supremely engaging project to me. When I was a toddler, I climbed up the backs of furniture long before I could walk, and everyone said I was part monkey–so I’m all about this! Shall we make a plan to meet there?!