These rescued lemurs were taken illegally from their natural habitats. Since they cannot be returned to the wild, they will now live in safety at the center. Other animals at the center include the fish-eagle and Ploughshare tortoise.
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What's not Included
Enjoy this week-long orientation, to meet other volunteers and familiarize yoruself with the customs, surroundings, atmosphere and more of this rich and colorful country.
You will dive into Sakalava’s culture and learn Malagasy language. Discover the charm of the city, visit colorful markets, explore the old Mahajanga and taste exotic and cosmopolite cuisines. Learn about Sakalava Boeny Kingdom, visit Petite plage, one of Mahajanga’s famous beaches, and even participate in a yoga flow and relaxation session.From Week Two, as a volunteer on this project you will be assisting the local staff with daily tasks to fulfill the various needs of both the lemurs and the center. In addition to cutting, preparing and serving food to the lemurs, you will also be responsible for planting and cutting the fruit trees that supply this food.Other tasks include maintenance and construction work at the center. Cleaning of the lemur enclosures is another task you will be assisting with during your stay. Your volunteering contribution will help this sanctuary to operate smoothly in addition to your direct positive impact on these rescued animals.
Some of your tasks may include:
- Preparing food for the lemurs, eagles and tortoises
- Cutting grass
- Planting fruit trees
- Feeding the animals
- Cleaning of enclosures
- Constructing and maintaining enclosures
- Creating informational boards on the different types of lemurs
- Transferring young lemurs to new enclosures
Sample Schedule: Volunteers will work Monday through Friday, four hours per day. Volunteers have the weekends free.
Please note: Tasks are subject to change based on local conditions and the current needs of the project.
- Basic level of English
- Love of animals
- Police Clearance Form
Also located in Mahajanga is Cirque Rouge, an amphitheatre of natural red, orange and white rock. This amazing sight is breathtaking and a “must” for geology lovers.
Parc National de l'Isalo
Located in southwestern Madagascar is the National Park of l'Isalo, which can be explored by foot, horseback or bike. There are beautiful, natural pools to swim in and trails waiting to be discovered.
Parc National de Marojejy
The National Park of Marojejy is located in the northeast region of Madagascar. This jungle is home to natural waterfalls that will be sure to please our nature-loving volunteers.
Orientation Week (Add-On): For volunteers who wish to extend their stay in Madagascar, Orientation Week can be added on either before or after the volunteering project, although before is recommended. This week will involved Malagasy language lessons, visits to villages and royal tombs, yoga lessons, a beach trip and more!