animal protection & environmental sanctuary
A non-profit organisation specialising in Primate
rehabilitation and rescue,
APES Chatter 4 December 2001 - a periodic newsletter
It is quite amazing how this year has flown by, perhaps it is because we are getting older or then again it may have something to do with how extremely busy we have been at the sanctuary, what with rescue calls from SPCA, Durban Metro, various Protection Services, members of the public and various other organisations. We have also done a number of educational talks to schools, environmental groups, ladies groups, Umhlanga Rotary, etc etc. As mentioned in the last Apes Chatter we have also been very involved in the formation of the new primate organisation - Primate Care Association - and of course as usual this sort of thing takes a great deal of time, patience and diplomacy. Yours truly isn't directly involved, but Rodney is their current Chairman.
Before we go any further, We at APES would like to
thank the caring people, both private and companies, who have been there
in so many ways for the monkeys and us. There are far too many to mention
each one by name but we would like to make special mention of our rescuers
Kenny, Denise, Bronwyn and Heather who have given so much of their time
and have always been there when needed. Thank you so much! I know we have
not been able to save them all but I’m sure we've made a difference.
Please people out there, we are desperate for more people who are
interested in getting involved with rescues, it is extremely difficult for
these people to carry the whole load. As mentioned previously, if you
would like to become a rescuer, please let us know and we will arrange for
Kenny to do the training.
Now for some Sanctuary news;
It is with delight that we report our local troop have produced six new babies. They are a bit late this year due to the dry weather and late spring rains. Bugs was the first to show off her little one. Then came Orphan, Princess and a new member of the troop, yet unnamed. The biggest surprise was White-eyes, the Alpha female, she hasn't had a baby for the last three years and low and behold she arrived with her baby in the first week of November. Minky surprised us all in December . . . I went out early one morning to give them their morning feed and noticed her sitting high up in a tree holding a very small black bundle. I thought my eyes were playing tricks, then noticed a very new baby, first thoughts were she had stolen one from a wild mum . . I called her but was rather wary remembering my numerous wounds from her aggression but low and behold she came to me and showed me the little one, of course all the “nannies” were in attendance trying to get a glimpse of the little one or even better, have the chance of holding it. Now I realised why she had been so aggressive, she is now back to her old gentle loving self. It was wonderful to see how proud and protective she was of her new baby, Sipho (which means 'gift' in Zulu). Misty and Amy are her chief helpers and it is too comical to see how they compete for the honour of looking after him while his mum has a break.So much for the pundits saying monkeys breed every year . . . all are doing extremely well, touch wood.
The latest arrivals Vikki, Bongani and Stephen, will shortly be out permanently in the outdoor enclosure and then permanently out in the wild blue yonder. They are becoming a handful already especially Stephen but they are too young yet to cope on their own, even in the outdoor enclosure. Vikki is very small, actually looks like a two or three week old and is a strange looking mite, we are convinced she looks like a gnome. Bonganil hasn’t gained the use of his arm yet but it doesn’t hinder him at all he climbs, jumps and has rough and tumble games with his friends. Stephen is really a character and is madly in love with the dogs especially Vinni our Tibet spaniel. I think it has something to do with her long silky coat.
May we take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful Christmas and best wishes for 2002. May we be more tolerant to all, especially to the Vervets and the environment. Bless you all. Thanks for caring and for all your support.
last updated October 28, 2004