"I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end."

Albert Schweitzer

The Center for Great Apes provides an opportunity for volunteers, interns, and professionals seeking a meaningful,
intimate experience where even the smallest of efforts makes all the difference to the sanctuary and residents.
Sanctuaries, like the Center, are unique in their emphasis on the rescue, rehabilitation, and permanent care of their
resident animals.

Volunteers are a vital part of our sanctuary. Without our volunteers, we would be unable to provide the current level
of programs and services to our great apes.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center for Great Apes volunteer opportunities differ from most organizations in that our focus is on the care and welfare of our animals. Our volunteers provide assistance to the ape caregivers and maintenance staff, create ape enrichment, help with garden and grounds work, assist the administrative staff, lead member tours, and participate in community outreach.

We are seeking qualified, dedicated and responsible volunteers in the following areas:

  • Ape Care Support

    Ape care support volunteers assist our caregivers with the cleaning of outdoor enclosures and indoor night houses; processing of ape laundry; and preparation of diets and enrichment materials for the orangutans and chimpanzees.

  • Garden, Grounds & Maintenance Work

    The Center’s 125 acres (including the ape vegetable garden), are home to hundreds of native and exotic plants, encompassing a creek and numerous microenvironments.  Weeding, planting, and tree trimming duties keep our grounds helpers busy.  Volunteers with special skills in maintenance, building, and repairs are always needed.

  • Administrative Support & Community Outreach

    Duties may include: general office activities, help with mass mailings, library assistance, housekeeping duties, community outreach, leading educational tours, as well as individual volunteer assignments.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers who work at the Center for Great Apes must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a member of the Center for Great Apes
  • Proof of negative tuberculosis test
  • Sign a liability release waiver

If you are interested in joining our incredible group of volunteers, download our volunteer application or contact us at

Adopt An Ape

It costs $22,000 a year to care for one of our apes. By symbolically adopting the ape of your choice for a one-time donation of $300 OR just $25 a month for one year, you are helping ensure the health, safety, and well-being of your orangutan or chimpanzee.

Center for Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation, Inc. dba Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEID 65-0444725.

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