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1. Posted by muddywellies (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi all -
I have a close friend who's a zoology graduate from Glasgow University and is struggling to find work in the UK.

He has experience on a reptile park in South Africa, from a research station in the Jungle of Ecuador, and Sea Turtle conservation in Tobago - a significant amount of time in each.

Is there anyone who has any contacts for him in animal parks/reserves? South Africa for the animals and English language, but anywhere else too. He would be very, very grateful.

Thanks :)

2. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I can only really help with volunteering positions but sometimes when you are actually based in a country you are in a better position to find permenant work.
Don't forget though that getting a work permit in South Africa can be terribly hard.

Monkeyland in Plettenberg Bay takes volunteers year round at no charge and provide free accommodation. It is not actually hands on with primates but it all helps with experience plus there is a lot of contact with tour operators who can sometimes be good to know.

Jukani is a predator park near Mossel Bay, they also take volunteers and know of some people who have managed to get paid work there.

Cheetah Outreach takes volunteers at no charge but they do require a small deposit. Food and accommodation is provided.

There is an abundance of game parks and zoos etc. in South Africa that are always happy to have unpaid help, but it would be a case of contacting them directly.

If your friend would like to work with primates then Primates Infor Net ( is a very good resource and have a job seekers page.

A good place to find voluntary positions in Africa is you do have to pay about a fiver but it is worth it. also has a careers page and has a really useful list of societies working with animals around the world.

Hope this helps a little.

3. Posted by Nanna1 (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

==Hi there

As the previous respondent said - volunteering is probably the best way to start. Another good contact could be the Jane Goodall Institute Chimp Sanctuary in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. They could either offer you something or at least assist with recommendations. Another option is the Wildlife Rehab Centre FREE ME which is in Johannesburg and can be contacted on +27118076993 and you can talk to Nicky. Hope this helps.

4. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I agree, Freeme is an excellent organisation!

5. Posted by muddywellies (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Brilliant, there's a lot of information there for him to use as a starting point. Thanks so much :)