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WANTED – Volunteer and Research Coordinator

Volunteer and Research Coordinator

1 year with opportunity to extend

7,000,000 VND a month plus allowances (phone and transportation) 300,000 VND per month and housing support of 500,000 VND a month



The Endangered Primate Rescue Center, based in Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh province, is a not for profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam’s endangered and critically endangered primate species.

The primary function of the EPRC is to provide rescue and rehabilitation to endangered and critically endangered primates that have been confiscated from illegal wildlife trade. We have established captive populations of highly endangered primate species, with a final aim to reintroduce and release these animals as stable family groups into well-protected natural areas. During this process we work to achieve our goals with compassion, commitment, transparency and co-operation.

We’re looking for a volunteer and research coordinator to help us improve our current program. Over the past two years we have an increased interest from people both in Vietnam and internationally to volunteer at our center, and we want to ensure that the volunteers can contribute to our mission whilst having a memorable stay here in Vietnam.

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WANTED – Veterinary Advisor!

Objective: Support the veterinary program in enhancement through prioritized projects to develop clinical, laboratory and management skills and clinical education for the Vietnamese veterinarians at Endangered Primate Rescue Center.

About the Organization:

The Endangered Primate Rescue Center is a not for profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam’s endangered and critically endangered primate species. First established in 1993, through a collaboration between Frankfurt Zoological Society and Cuc Phuong National Park, the center is presently managed under the umbrella of the Vietnam Primate Conservation Program, jointly operated by Zoo Leipzig and Cuc Phuong National Park. More than 180 animals have been born at the center, some being the first of their species to be born in captivity, including the critically endangered Cat Ba Langur, Delacour’s Langur, and the Grey-Shanked Douc Langur.

Today the center is home to around 180 primates representing 15 species. The primates are housed in more than 50 large enclosures including two fenced semi-wild areas of primary forest, measuring 2 and 5 hectares in size. These enclosures serve to prepare animals for release into the wild and provide opportunities to study the behavior of animals in semi-wild conditions. The EPRC currently employs 31 staff both from the local community and abroad.

Work place: Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cuc Phuong National Park, Nho Quan, District, Ninh Binh Province

Report to: Director 

Working time: 6 months (possibility to extend)

Expected starting date: As soon as possible (rolling application process)

Salary: Minimal. To be discussed. 


  • Identify areas needing improvement in veterinary capacity. Focus attention on improving those areas of weakness.
  • Improve the quality of veterinary care provided for animals to increase survivability of rehabilitation so we can release more stable animals back into the wild and improve the welfare of our sanctuaried animals
  • Support capacity building projects with contracted professional volunteers to aid in enhancement of the practice
  • Educate Vietnamese staff to ensure true understanding of the capacity building initiative in order to evoke sustainable change in the practice
  • Aid in the fundraising/ grant writing process for these projects to launch

Primary Duties :

  • Lead team in coordinating daily tasks and carrying out the functions of the practice
  • Prioritize welfare of patient over everything else
  • Train and educate Vietnamese veterinarians in improved medical management and patient care
  • Diagnose disease, provide treatments and intensive care as needed
  • Follow protocols and aid in updating them as necessary
  • Be on-call for emergencies at the rescue center
  • Co-manage diet recommendations and work with abroad wildlife nutritionist to provide optimum nutrition
  • Recordkeeping both manually and in ZIMS database for every case
  • Operate and maintain the veterinary clinic along with maintenance and quality controls of all equipment
  • Necropsy all deceased individuals and seek cause of death
  • Aid in team efforts to improve both in-house and send out diagnostics
  • Work to enhance the capacity with the veterinary laboratory at Vietnam University of Agriculture Veterinary Medicine
  • Organize preventative measures to control/ limit disease outbreak in the center
  • Aid in education for captive team when dealing with potential zoonotic diseases and improve biosecurity protocols
  • Aid in Disease Risk Analysis


  • Graduation from an accredited veterinary or veterinary nurse/technician program
  • Licensed or registered to practice
  • Up to date rabies and tetanus vaccines
  • TB test within the last year
  • Experience in a zoo or wildlife rehabilitation facility
  • Teaching experience
  • Must be flexible and patient
  • Must work with cultural sensitivity and respect

How to apply:

  • Email resume and cover letter to caroline.rowley@eprc.asia and jessica@svw.vn
  • If you do not have the ability to carry out a major project, but have an idea of how you could support our capacity building, email your idea(s) to jessica@svw.vn & caroline.rowley@eprc.asia

Contact: Director – Caroline Rowley: caroline.rowley@eprc.asia



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Baby Monkey Boom

Baby Boom at Endangered Primate Rescue Center

The Center has seen 5 new births these last couple of months, totaling 8 births since the beginning of the year. They are exclusively Hatinh Langurs and Douc Langurs newborns, and it’s interesting to see how seasons in EPRC are punctuated with different species reproduction… let’s get a clearer picture of our primates habits:

First, we cannot talk about langurs’ reproduction without mentioning their group structure, as it is composed of one male to at least three or four females and their infants. That potentially means a big family! Their breeding is all year long but Hatinh Langurs birth peaks are observed between January and March and Douc Langurs between March and June. They reach sexual maturity around 4-5 years old, and their gestation lasts 6 to 7 months. 

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WANTED – EPRC Communication Officer!

Vietnamese applications only

1 year with opportunity to extend

7,000,000 VND a month plus allowances (phone and transportation) 300,000 VND per month and housing support of 500,000 VND a month

July 1 2019/ASAP

Reports directly to EPRC Director

Works with head keepers and volunteer co-ordinator to implement education programs

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Behind the Scenes at EPRC, English, Tiếng Việt

What Happens at Night?

EPRC Night Camera Movie

We managed to capture these exceptional images of our most mysterious residents, that cannot be seen during our daily tours!

Chúng tôi đã cố gắng để ghi lại những hình ảnh tuyệt vời về cư dân bí ẩn nhất trong trung tâm, loài động vật mà chúng ta không thể thấy trong những chuyến tham quan ban ngày!

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Our Feature Presentation: Primates

Movie About the Primates at EPRC

Many thanks to Fabrice Turri from Frog & Wallaby Films who captured these incredibly touching images of our rescued primates!

You can help us help them by donating online now!

Rất cảm ơn sự giúp đỡ của nhà làm phim Fabrice Turri tới từ Frog & Wallaby Films người đã ghi lại những bức ảnh cực kỳ cảm động về những chú linh trưởng được chúng tôi cứu hộ!

Các bạn có thể ủng hộ chúng tôi bằng cách quyên góp trực tuyến tại:

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What Is It Like Being a Veterinarian at Eprc?

Thuy is telling us about her experience!
You arrived last spring, what were your motivations to work in EPRC?
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Meet the Oldest Primates of EPRC

Manu, Marco, Kurt, Minnie, Cat Ba, and Gordon

We recently lost one of our oldest and most emblematic primates, our Delacour’s female Manu. Like her, we can see some of our residents growing old and sometimes turning EPRC into their final resting place.

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Vietnam’s Primates Threats #1 Reason: Pet Trade!

Why You Shouldn’t Raise A Primate At Home!

Despite all species being protected by wildlife protection law, the capture of primates is ongoing here in Vietnam and has played a major role in the critical decline of the country’s endemic species.

The pet trade is only one of the threats on the list, but it concerns most of the primates we have been rescuing over the years since the animals are kept alive and can be spotted by neighbors or relatives and denounced to the authorities before their life is at risk.

The irony of the pet trade flourishing is that it often relies on the ignorance (if not denial) of the buyer, in Asian and Western countries alike. The fact is, there is plenty of reasons not to keep a primate in your home. Let’s remind some of them:

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Happy New Year & Happy 25th!


We wish you and all primates in the world a happy new year and a bright future!!!

EPRC is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and we thought it’s a good opportunity to look back and celebrate what has been achieved on this crazy journey!

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