CERCOPAN (Centre for Education, Research and Conservation Of Primates And Nature)

What we do: CERCOPAN works to conserve Nigeria’s primates through sustainable rainforest conservation, community partnerships, education, primate rehabilitation and research.
CERCOPAN's work encompasses a huge variety of activities, which all contribute to achieving our mission. We work with local forest communities in the rainforests of Cross River State, Nigeria, to jointly manage their tropical rainforest - the habitat of the forest monkeys that we work very hard to protect. We carry out research on the plants and animals in the rainforest and help local people earn a living from forest-friendly activities. We also prioritize education, reaching out to schools to encourage young people to interact positively with nature. We rescue and rehabilitate orphaned primates so they can once more live in the wild.

We need volunteers to: help with expertise in Construction, Electrics (particularly solar), Computers, and Veterinary Care.

Non-cash donations needed: Educational materials (stationary, workbooks, etc), reading books, children’s toys (for prizes), torches, cameras, kitchen utensils, boots, watches, computer equipment (USBs, external hard drives, etc), padlocks, veterinary supplies, first aid supplies, printer cartridges.

Contact name: Nicolien Schoneveld
Telephone number: +234 (0) 8168288355
Email: info@cercopan.org

Address: 4 Ishie Lane, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Website: www.cercopan.org or https://www.facebook.com/CERCOPAN

Languages spoken: English

Other useful information: Other opportunities for volunteer work such as teaching, research, or primate keeper roles may be available through our short-term volunteer programme. Additionally you can visit our Calabar primate sanctuary Mon-Sun 8:00am-5:00pm for free, or arrange an ecotourism trip to our forest site (3 hrs drive from Calabar) to discover the rainforest and sleep in one of our cabins at Rhoko Forest Camp! Please contact us for more information and arrangements.