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Primate Release Research in Kasungu National Park

Wildlife Volunteers Malawi Kasungu, Malawi


This project works to release any animal possible and, although notoriously challenging, primate releases are amongst the most exciting. You can assist with any aspect of the fieldwork!

Malawi is a unique county with remnant populations of primates, carnivores and bats in each national park with very little conservation research. There is a wealth of knowledge to be learnt from this small country and with very few projects available here, you’ll be working on ground-breaking developments in the research world.

This project works to release any animal possible and, although notoriously challenging, primate releases are amongst the most exciting. The primate release project is currently operating out of Kasungu National Park where a troop of yellow baboons was released in January 2013, a troop of vervet monkeys in January 2014 and a second troop of yellow baboons in 2015. Primates are complex animals with sensitive social structures and therefore the entire troop was monitored very carefully for months prior to their release to assess their suitability.


  • Radio telemetry & GPS tracking
  • Behavioural observations
  • Lab based work such as data collection and data entry
  • Learning about the surrounding plant and animal ecology
  • Gaining field experience with an expert team
  • Troop identification
  • Habitat assessments
  • Field transects

Key Info





Kasungu National Park is home to the primate and carnivore programmes. It is a stunning setting with elephants, antelope, monkeys, zebra, buffalo and carnivores such as leopards and hyaenas. The camp is located at Lifupa Campsite, on the banks of the Lifupa Dam. It is rustic but very comfortable with canvas safari tents, equipped with beds, mattresses, linen, and solar power. Showers and toilets are located nearby. Volunteers share a large tent which can sleep up to four people, or smaller private tents may be available on request. Elephants regularly stop into camp to say hello and they can often be seen taking a dip in the dam.


As this placement is research based we are looking for volunteers that have completed an undergraduate degree in a related subject, understand the fundamentals of field research, be in good physical fitness and have a keen willingness to learn.

What is included?

Airport transfers upon arrival and departure, all meals (3 per day), visa for first 30 days, all accommodation, project related travel, local SIM card, t-shirt, introduction and research training pack, comprehensive safety training upon arrival, and a donation towards the project.

What is not included?

Travel and medical insurance, flights, internet, excursions and personal expenditure, visa extensions beyond 30 days (approximately £20 per 30 day extension), vaccination, personal equipment and batteries, meals, accommodation, accommodation and travel beyond placement.

The costs of volunteering varies according to the length of your stay. A minimum stay of 2 weeks is required. You can stay up to 10 weeks, with longer placements available subject to availability. Extensions can be made once in country, also subject to availability.

Please note that there are additional costs for accommodation upgrades such as private tents.

2 weeks: £670
3 weeks: £1010
4 weeks: £1340
5 weeks: £1660
6 weeks: £1970
7 weeks: £2050
8 weeks: £2100
9 weeks: £2150
10 weeks: £2200

Contact Project: Primate Release Research in Kasungu National Park

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