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Zambia Chimpanzee Conservation

Zambia Chimpanzee Conservation

Follow in Dr Livingstone's footsteps and explore deepest, darkest Africa by working closely with orphaned wildlife including chimpanzees to bring them better and brighter futures.

Prices from $2,195

Follow in Dr Livingstone's footsteps and explore some of the quieter corners of Africa by travelling to Zambia. Here you can see the mighty Zambezi River, dramatic, tumbling waterfalls and dusky copper mines. Help to lessen the damage that the cruel bush meat trade is having on the wildlife of this part of Africa by working closely with orphaned wildlife. This will include helping a variety of animals but predominantly adorable chimpanzees who have escaped from a life of abject cruelty and are looking towards a brighter future. Zambia is undoubtedly an inspiration for the soul, a wonderful cultural adventure and an unforgettable experience for the animal lover and eco traveller.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Play an important role in the rehabilitation of endangered chimpanzees
  • Help conserve some of Zambia’s most spectacular habitats and wildlife
  • Collect data on chimpanzee behavioural interactions

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Criminal background check required

FAST FACTS

Location Northern Zambia
Activities Collect data on chimpanzee behavioural interactions
Create enrichment activities for animals
Preparing food
Maintaining enclosures
Helping out on the farm
Tending to the fruit tree garden
General project work
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Shared volunteer dormitory

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel and medical advice and documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training
Food
Accommodation
Ground transfers to project
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Frontier-Zambia Chimpanzee Conservation project aims to promote ethical tourism in this wonderful part of Africa by supporting the work of this local wildlife sanctuary and maximising the positive impact of our team of volunteers. This award winning project is one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world!

Chimpanzees were once ubiquitous throughout equatorial Africa but relentless poaching, logging, habitat destruction and the illegal bush meat trade have reduced population numbers dramatically. Now classified as endangered the conservation of these charismatic primates is paramount to ensure their survival in their natural environment. This project aims to rescue and rehabilitate as many orphaned and injured chimpanzees as possible and is an incredible opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of these fascinating, friendly and wonderful animals.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

The orphanage cares for a myriad of different species but the primary residents are orphaned chimpanzees. 

Volunteers’ responsibilities may include assisting with ongoing research activities, gathering data, designing and creating behavioural enrichment initiatives, helping out with the day to day maintenance of the sanctuary and contributing to the self sufficiency of the sanctuary by helping out at the on site farm which produces food for the resident wildlife.

Specific volunteer itineraries will depend upon the needs of the animals and the sanctuary at the time of your visit but will include a range of responsibilities such as preparing food, maintaining enclosures and feeding the animals. 

The research activities may see you focusing on the social dynamics of chimpanzee communities, such as helping to collect photographic and video footage of infants or high anking male chimpanzees. You will gather character and age data about individuals to help build up an identification system which will also contribute to improving sanctuary information guides, family trees and literature for the education centre. Another major part of your work will be to create enrichment activities for the chimpanzees to keep them both physically and mentally active. You can bring some creativity to this role as you develop and construct challenges and toys which help to keep the chimpanzees stimulated. 

In addition to the animal care work your contribution to the self sufficiency of the centre by tending to the fruit tree garden and working on the farm will help to reduce costs and increase independence by generating additional sources of revenue for the sanctuary. 

Whatever your contribution you are sure to have an unforgettable experience as you contribute to the goals of this amazing conservation programme!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Ndola International Airport by a local staff representative who will accompany you to the sanctuary. Please arrive before 1:00pm on the Monday. The journey to the sanctuary takes approximately 4 hours. The local staff will help you settle in to your new home and relax before your project begins. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying for the duration of your project in shared dormitory style accommodation within the sanctuary grounds with your fellow volunteers. You will share bathroom facilities with hot water available at certain times of the day. Your accommodation will be basic but of course clean and comfortable. Enjoy living in authentic surroundings with Zambia's incredible wildlife right on your doorstep! In the evenings the housing set up will provide the perfect surroundings to relax and absorb the Zambian night air.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals per day with a buffet style breakfast and a packed lunch to take with you on your rounds. You will receive a cooked meal in the evening which you will enjoy while overlooking the sanctuary. You will have the opportunity to sample a variety of Zambia’s delicious food, for example fresh fish, vegetables and fruit, and maize-based dishes such asnsima, a thick porridge rolled into a ball and dipped into a variety of meat stews and relishes. Another national speciality to try is Ibatwu, a feisty drink made with fermented roots. 

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In the evenings you can savour the beautiful sunsets and cool night air and are sure to enjoy hearing some of the incredible stories about past visitors to the centre, animal and human alike! Try your hand at cooking some traditional Zambian cuisine, with fresh ingredients purchased at the local town. In your spare time, visit the famous and striking Victoria Falls, getting drenched in its refreshing spray when you take a boat trip in its waters, go canoeing, white water rafting or even bungee jumping – as you can see there is no shortage of things to do!

COSTS

2 weeks $2,195

4 weeks $3,345

6 weeks $4,345

8 weeks $5,345

DEPARTURE DATES

Project begins every other Monday on the following dates. Please arrive at the airport before 1:00pm.

2017

13th February

27th February

13th March

27th March

10th April

24th April

8th May

22nd May

5th June

19th June- Limited space

3rd July- Fully booked

17th July-Fully booked

31st  July-Fully booked

14th August-Fully booked

28th August

11th September

25th September

9th October

23rd October

6th November

20th November

4th December (2 weeks only)

Project will close on 11th December 2017 until the 15th January 2018 for the festive period.

DURATION

2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel and medical advice and documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • Discounted medical kit

In-country

  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation & training
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transfers to project
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Ndola (NLA)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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