Volunteerism is important at The Talkin’ Monkeys Project.
While donations of funds and items that help keep our primates safe and happy are important and always welcome, hands-on help is needed just as much.
Talkin’ Monkeys volunteers play an important role at our sanctuary, helping out with everything from mending the toys the primates play with to helping us clean cages and keep everyone fed.
If you’re interested in learning how to become a volunteer, please e-mail Debbie Misotti firstname.lastname@example.org.
We ask all of our volunteers to go through a special training orientation. This allows our volunteers to learn more about the project and discover whether working with these special primates is really right for them.
At orientation, potential volunteers have the chance to learn about the joy of working with primates and their environment. We introduce the project and its many facets, tour the facility and teach important protocols for working with the primates themselves.
We also review the basics of volunteer responsibilities, and important safety do’s and dont’s. Our rules are basic and as we walk through the property, potential volunteers come to understand the scope of our work.
We also introduce the primates themselves and give a brief history of each animal.
During the orientation, volunteers have the opportunity to ask questions and have some one-on-one time with some current volunteers.
We welcome the opportunity to share our facility and the primates in our care with you and look forward to the opportunity with great pleasure!
Please wear comfortable old clothes. Our temperatures are usually about 10 degrees warmer than coastal areas.
Please wear closed-toed shoes ‑ preferably sneakers or boots ‑ because we are under construction and the ground is sandy and uneven.
Hats are also recommended to keep the sun off and you might want to consider wearing long sleeves and long pants for protection from both the sun and the bugs.
We provide water and/or Gatorade for our volunteers and have a refrigerator where volunteers can stash a snack, lunch or any drinks they’d like to bring along.