Double your $7 gift in the next 12 days and give Vervets a second chance at being wild.
“I want to be a monkey!”
When his sisters opted for Rainbow Bright and Smurfette, it wasn’t He Man or the Big Hulk but a monkey he chose for their hours of pretend play.
Ever since I can remember our son was fascinated with monkeys. Not too long ago my grandson pulled out a very familiar plush toy monkey (still named Rocky) and asked me to stitch his arm back on.
The Vervet monkey is an important part of South Africa’s ecology. It disperses seeds from the fruits it feeds on which other species in the ecosystem rely on. In his ebook, “Why Its Smart to Save our Planet’s Monkeys and Apes”, Paul Michael Reynolds states:
“…primates are experiencing the greatest change in regards to becoming more endangered than any other group of mammals.”
Here is where Silke comes in. She and her team not only care for injured and orphaned vervet monkeys, they actually create entire new families called troops. This is no easy task, as like people monkeys have very different personalities and you cannot simply put them together randomly and expect them to get along.
Once a seemingly compatible new troop is formed from a motely group of anywhere from 20 to 40 rescued vervets the slow process of rewilding them begins. Once ready an appropriate release site needs to be found and the arduous journey of permissions, paperwork and permits ensues.
Hearing Silke tell about the minutia and obstacles would be enough for me (and I venture to guess, many) to throw in the towel and to be fully justified in doing so. However, Silke persists and gives hundreds of Vervets a second chance for living wild and free.
Generally a troop is ready every few months and generally it takes even longer to secure a release site, however, right now two troops are ready and due to serendipitous circumstances the perfect wild areas have been located. This is of course wonderful news, except that it is financially taxing and so Nikela wants to help.
When you give $7 or more, now through the end of November 2014, we will match your gift (up to a total of $500.)
Remember, 100% of your donation goes to the Vervets.
With so many sad stories about what’s happening to wildlife, being part of something successful and heartwarming is awesome… Like watching young Vervets chase through the trees or a mama tenderly clutching her baby close as she picks the perfect berries.
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