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What We Do

Raising Funds and Support

For projects or Rescue Centers where Rowena personally has been involved with or still is.
So we know first hand on how the money will be spend. And often Rowena has been given the opportunity to decide herself to which project the funds would go to.

Taking care of Animals

Rowena also wants to be with her 2 feet in the dirt. As a volunteer animal caretaker in Rescue Centers both in The Netherlands and other countries. She has worked and still works with Chimpansees, Orangutans, Gibbons, Macaques, Leaf Monkees and many other wild animals.

Blogging and Social Media

Rowena writes a weekly Blog and posts daily on Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn) about her adventures and experiences, what inspires her, relevant news, insights and break-throughs.

Presentations and Talks

About Rowena's work as a volunteer, what drives and inspires her and why that matters. At companies and institutions, but also at schools where she hopes to raise the awareness of the youngest generation for the challenges around wildlife and our planet.

Why Go-Ape?

Helping and taking care of wild animals threatened with extinction is Rowena's passion in life. Particularly the Great Apes.

"Despite the magnitude and complexity of the problems, I am convinced that doing small bits will help nonetheless. The more people doing little bits the greater the contribution to a better world will be, by giving shelter to wildlife and to humans. I cannot escape from myself, so for me there is no alternative than to do my bit! By Blogging, by sharing my insights and adventures on Social Media, by raising funds and by giving presentations and holding talks. But most certainly also by getting to work myself as a volunteer with both feet in the dirt, taking care of rescued and traumatised animals in Rescue Centers both in The Netherlands and other countries."

Please join Rowena in doing our small bits and make this world a better place!

Hello I am Rowena, will you join me?

Rowena Façee Schaeffer

Rowena Façee Schaeffer

Volunteer Animal Caretaker | Blogger | Fundraiser | Speaker

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Next to her weekly Blogs and daily posts on Social Media, Rowena gives presentations for companies, organisations and schools. To create more awareness and get more support for endangered wildlife and in particular Great Apes.
But she also wants to get to work herself, with her own 2 feet in the dirt. By taking care of Chimpansees at the Ape Foundation in The Netherlands every Friday, but also by traveling 2 times a year to Rescue Centers elsewhere in the world.
Would you like to support Go-Ape and Rowena's work and donate? The Apes would be super grateful and so would we!

Others about Rowena

  • We loved having Rowena with us. She is a very skilled and educated volunteer. She worked very hard, kept on going and we loved all the new enrichment she introduced. Very creative! All the animals from Gibbons to Crocodiles loved it. We hope she comes back soon!

    Dr. Dyah Ayu Risdasari Tiyar Noviarinni – Vet & Manager Bali Wildlife Rescue Center, Indonesia
  • Rowena is een hard werkende vrijwillig dierverzorger waar ik op kan bouwen. Ze is er altijd, werkt heel zelfstandig en heeft een groot verantwoordelijkheidsgevoel. Dat is heel belangrijk in het Chimpansee Complex.

    Jenny Adames – Experienced Animal Caretaker, Chimpansee Complex, Stichting AAP, Amsterdam
  • Rowena has worked very hard for 3 weeks as a volunteer in Tasikoki in April 2015. She is motivated and experienced and knows how to take care of wildlife and all of its associated work. She brought many new ideas for enrichments.
    Rowena raised on own account extra money for PPS Tasikoki. This is gratefully received and will be spent on the Orangutans as requested. Rowena is a cheerful, dedicated and reliable team player who could easily take over a leadership role if able to stay longer.

    Simon Purser 
Programme Manager
 Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre North Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • De passie van Rowena voor met uitsterven bedreigde mensapen en een betere wereld is werkelijk gigantisch! Met haar wekelijkse blogs en dagelijkse posts op social media neemt ze je 'op haar schouder' mee op haar avonturen. Wat een stoere en geweldig gepassioneerde vrouw!

    Ruud Severien – Entrepreneur, Business Mentor
  • I met Rowena when I was volunteering as a veterinary nurse at Tasikoki. She had to work very hard in hot tropical conditions gathering greenery from the jungle as a supplement for the animals diet. Every insect known to man lives in this jungle and they maybe give you dengue or malaria. Yet she was very focused on the job in front of her and her dedication was her motivation. I even wanted to copy her ideas for fundraising which I thought were very innovative. What an inspiration! Keep up the good work Rowena.

    Deb Walker, veterinarian assistant Australia and co-volunteer @ Tasikoki and Bali Wildlife Rescue Center, Albany Australia
  • Rowena .... "The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." (Steve Jobs 1955-2011)

    Edelweiss Franklin, Contractregisseur afdeling strategie en beleid Gemeente Zuidplas
  • I’ve known Rowena now for around 15 years and i’m glad that she has found the courage and determination to do what she is now doing, helping primates, doing what she loves most and making a difference. Effecting change.

    Don MacDonald, Rotterdam
  • Een wereld zonder dieren is een wereld zonder liefde.
    Door inzet van vrijwilligers zoals Rowena wordt de wereld en wij allemaal een stukje beter.
    Ga zo door Rowena, het Green Wood Travel Team waardeert en steunt jouw inzet 100%.

    Ernst-Otto Smit, directeur Green Wood Travel, Bangkok
  • Rowena heeft zich in een paar jaar tijd onmisbaar gemaakt als vrijwilliger van Stichting AAP en ik hoop dan ook dat de vrijdag nog heel lang haar AAP-dag blijft.

    Pieter Levelink – Teamleider Chimpansee Complex, Stichting AAP, Almere
  • Rowena is very passionate in both work and as a volunteer!

    Bart van Geleuken – Owner, Beleid op Maat
  • Rowena is een bevlogen spreekster die een geweldige aanwinst is voor bedrijven en organisaties die bijvoorbeeld tijdens een lunchlezing geïnspireerd willen raken door de bevlogenheid en het doorzettingsvermogen van deze wereldverbeteraar. Rowena combineert feiten met persoonlijke ervaringen en dit zorgt ervoor dat haar presentatie zeer boeiend wordt: je wordt onderdeel van haar verhaal. En uiteindelijk ook ons verhaal.

    Imad el Kaka – Teamcoördinator communicatie bij Gemeente Zuidplas
  • Rowena heeft een ontzettend mooi verhaal en een boodschap te vertellen. Ik heb deze vanochtend gehoord en ik werd er blij van. Inspirerend, oprecht, tomeloze energie en passie, creatief, doorzetter. Rowena, je hebt indruk op me gemaakt!

    Nina Maric – Beleidscoördinator (Strategie & Beleid) Gemeente Zuidplas
  • In januari 2017 heb ik een lezing van Rowena bijgewoond over haar inzet voor bedreigde diersoorten in wildlife-centra. Ik ben oprecht geraakt door haar verhaal. Ik wist van haar betrokkenheid bij bedreigde diersoorten, maar de omvang en het belang van haar werk heeft me toch verrast.

    Petra Timmermans-van Vianen – Beleidscoordinator Gemeente Zuidplas
  • Rowena is bevlogen, inspireert, voegt de daad bij het woord en laat zich daarbij niet uit het veld slaan. Doorgaan is haar credo, wat er ook voor moet gebeuren. Een voorbeeld voor velen en daarom: respect!

    Marguerite Tachet – B2B Journalist, Blogger, Content Manager, Blogcoach, Owner conceptstore ShoppingPrince
  • In 1 maand een verrijkingsplan uitwerken en implementeren in een opvangcentrum voor geredde orang-oetans in Borneo is niet makkelijk, maar Rowena kreeg het voor elkaar. Hard werken, samenwerken met de lokale orang-oetanverzorgers, het hoorde er allemaal bij en die kwaliteiten zijn Rowena op het lijf geschreven. Haar jarenlange ervaring waren voor ons reden haar uit te nodigen. Ook schreef ze voor onze website tijdens haar verblijf profielen van alle geredde orang-oetans. Als klap op de vuurpijl hielp ze het mij ook met het adviseren op het gebied van communicatie tijdens de opnames voor het Avro/tros programma Helden van de Wildernis met Art Rooijakkers. Het Sintang Orangutan Center en ik zijn Rowena erg dankbaar en hopen haar snel weer terug te zien!

    Alexandra Vosmaer – Sintang Orangutan Center (Borneo)
  • Unbelievable how much Rowena is putting energy in het work as Rowena goes ape. On her own she was telling all her collegues as also the alderman of her work about her great job doing. I'm proud to have been working with you! As collegue, as Ape lover and as human!

    André Muller – Alderman Gemeente Zuidplas

Our Projects

Date: 2013-05-01

Client: Stichting AAP, Almere, Netherlands

Skills: Taking care en observing rescued Chimpansees

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Volunteer Caretaker of Chimpansees at Ape Foundation in The Nethrelands
Since 2013 Friday's are still Rowena's Favourite Day of the Week. Because every Friday she works as a volunteer caretaker in the Chimpansee Complex of The Ape Foundation in Almere, The Netherlands

Date: 2015-04-05

Client: Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Center (Indonesia)

Skills: Volunteer Animal Caretaker

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Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Center
The Tasikoki Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Center is located in North Sulawesi (Indonesia) not far away from its capital Manado. North Sulawesi is THE hotspot for trafficking of wildlife from Indonesia. Through The Philippines the animals are distributed across the world. Tasikoki gives shelter and rehabilitates wild animals rescued from the trafficking industry.is located in North Sulawesi (Indonesia) not far away from its capital Manado. North Sulawesi is THE hotspot for trafficking of wildlife from Indonesia. Through The Philippines the animals are distributed across the world. Tasikoki gives shelter and rehabilitates wild animals rescued from the trafficking industry.

Date: 2016-03-05

Client: Free The Bears Rescue Center | Cambodja

Skills: Taking care of rescued Sunbears and Moonbears

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Free The Bears Rescue Center
In February 2016 I made a side step from Great Apes to Bears and traveled to Cambodia in order to help taking care of Sunbears and Moonbears in a Rescue Center of the Australian organisation Free The Bears Fund.

Date: 2016-09-01

Client: Bali Wildlife Rescue Center | Indonesie

Skills: Taking care of various wildlife

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Smallest Center in Indonesia
I am a regular visitor of Bali and whenever I go there and will help in probably the smallest Rescue Center in Indonesia: Bali Wildlife Rescue Center in Tabanan. It is only 1/3 hectare small (Tasikoki is 55 hectare!) and gives shelter to around 50 animals. From various types of Macaques and leaf Monkeys, to Crocodiles, Eagles and Hornbills.

Date: 2017-02-01

Client: Sintang Orangutan Center | Borneo, Indonesia

Skills: Enrichment, Social media

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4 Weeks in Borneo at the Sintang Orangutan Center
In February 2017, I was a volunteer for 4 weeks in Borneo at the Sintang Orangutan Center, which was once set up by Dr. Willie Smits. On invitation no less and therefore the proverbial cherry on the cake of my volunteer work with endangered wildlife and great apes in particular. My Borneo assignment included 2 projects for orphaned Orangutans. In doing so I also bumped into Art Rooijakkers - critically acclaimed presenter of shows on Dutch National TV - and his crew shooting footage of Alexandra Vosmaer for the TV series 'Heroes of the Wilderness'. The same Alexandra who invited me ...

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Contact Info

hello@go-ape.nl
Rowena Goes Ape Foundation
West Ringdijk 52
2841LW Moordrecht
The Netherlands

Chamber of Commerce 63009986
IBAN NL16 TRIO 0390 4173 78
BIC TRIONL2U