animal protection & environmental sanctuary
A non-profit organisation specialising in Primate
rehabilitation and rescue,
APES Chatter 1 January 2001 - a periodic newsletter
Back to the wild
A number of the sanctuary inmates have returned to the wild this past year and we are delighted that we still see Bugs (see home page) and her baby when the wild troop visit. Jackie, who disappeared about four years ago, is instantly recognisable and also remembers his name, has become the beta male of the wild troop. Khaunda is still the alpha male even though he is visibly getting on in years. We estimate he's fifteen or sixteen years old now and would have been retired if his original beta male, Arnold, had not been killed by one of our local residents.
Unfortunately we have had rather an unhappy year at APES mainly due to an uncaring neighbour who shot one of our juveniles, Cheetu, in April. This poor animal died a very painful death and we asked the SPCA to intervene but no progress has been made to date. The same person poisoned poisoned five of our youngsters. We managed to save two but unfortunately the other three died. The bodies were sent to Pretoria for analysis and it turns out to be organic phosphate poisoning. When I tried to speak to this person she was extremely rude and her husband admitted that they were putting out poison, I quote, ". . for these damn field mice and other things in the garden".
Minky had a baby boy but unfortunately he died after forty eight hours.
It is quite common for the first baby not to survive but it isn't easy.
Poor Minky was devastated and mourned for two weeks. We are also sad to
report the passing of Lulu - she was rescued from Kwamakutu having been
captured when her mother was killed. She had been kept tied to a pole with
wire, bear in mind she was only three or four months old at the time and
extremely small for her age. She had all the symptoms of poisoning, either
by snake or other.
Moggy - also from the Care Centre, was rescued from Chatsworth. She had an eye shot out but even so, she is doing remarkably well coping with being away from the enclosure. Moggy simply adores water and is often in the 'pool'.
Eyeless - who is totally blind and rescued from Amanzimtoti. She had an eye shot out some time
ago and the pellet travelled and has now destroyed the iris in the other
eye. She is fully grown and really copes very well indeed.
A special thank you to Minister Narend Singh, Minister of the Environment, for your help, support and understanding - all helping to ease the way and boost morale during what has a been quite a tough period.
Thanks also to all the wonderful people who helped in various ways - rescues, passing on information, referrals, donations and your moral support - we couldn't do it without you!
May we take this opportunity to wish you all a caring, prosperous and above all peaceful, new year.
Working Volunteers & Eco-Tourists
last updated October 28, 2004