AAP Primadomus - Sanctuary for Exotic Mammals

The work and goals of AAP are to improve, in a professional manner, the welfare of abused or neglected primates, and, small to medium sized exotic mammals from all over Europe. This is achieved by providing shelter for animals from the illegal trade, circuses or private individuals. For most of the animals we find suitable homes worldwide in reserves, zoos, or in our own permanent shelter.

AAP is also actively and strategically involved in animal welfare issues by influencing European policy and decision-makers in this field and working together with professional groups at home and abroad. Furthermore, AAP is an international authoritative knowledge centre.

APP carries out this work from their 2 delegations, one located in Almere (The Netherlands) and one in Villena (Alicante, Spain). In total, we employ about 70 paid staff and more than 100 volunteers. The Spanish department is AAP Primadomus and is located at the foot of the Sierra de Salinas, one of the most important natural protected environments of Villena. AAP distinguishes itself by having an enormous passion and a professional, open culture. Our core values, accessibility, dedication and inventiveness form important guidelines of our culture.

Your role

As an Experienced Caretaker you are responsible for the daily care of the primates. The practical work for a large part will consist of cleaning, feeding, observing, providing behavioural enrichment, assisting the work of our veterinarian during regular medical checks and assisting in the rehabilitation of the primates. You will be part of a team of experienced caretakers working according to standard procedures and a hands-off policy. You will direct and guide a number of trainees and (foreign) volunteers, undertake a number of administrative tasks and be flexible enough to work Saturdays or Sundays. The department’s team leader will direct you.


• Affinity with the ideals and goals of AAP

• Experience working with exotic animals, preferably primates

• Qualification as veterinary assistant

• In good physical shape and is immune to stress

• Prepared to work weekends

• Capable of working independently but also as a team player

• Takes the initiative

• Disciplined to work with protocols

• Prepared to share knowledge and information

• Competent in both oral and written English

• Is adaptable to live in a remote place

• Capable of working with relevant computer programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)

We offer

We are offering you a very challenging job with a lot of responsibility in an open, professional and international organisation with animals and people at its heart, located in a natural environment. The commencing salary is 1200€ gross x 14 payments.

Want to know more or apply right away?

For further information send an email to Olga Bellon, AAP Primadomus Team Leader with CC to Pilar Jornet, AAP Primadomus Manager

Send your application letter and CV before 20th June. Carrying out a practical assignment is part of the application process

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