The folks at Bambelela faithfully keep us posted of the progress of NIKELA the baby orphaned vervet monkey.
In late 2015 we ‘adopted’ an orphaned baby vervet monkey and named her, Nikela. This is a recent funny story shared with us about her by the folks at Bambelela.
Sooo this happened……NIKELA is an orphan female from last season’s babies. She is vervet great at being a surrogate mommy (big sister) to most babies. BIJOU being one of her favourites. So Nikela carries/drags Bijou to Belinda Langlois to get some grooms and then just “drops” the baby on Belinda’s legs…….Bijou a bit surprised, still clinging with his feet to NIKELA’s body……when Belinda asked her, “Where is the baba?”, Nikela was quite flustered and picked Bijou up and ran along.
How we came to be NIKELA’s Guardian Angel
“Would you like to adopt her?”
In late 2015 the 30th orphaned vervet monkey arrived at Bambelela (wildlife rescue and rehab center.) Her mother had been killed. “She might have some head injuries,” Silke said. But she was a plucky little one needing a Guardian Angel. At Bambelela, to cover vet, food and nappy expenses, Silke invites people from around the globe to sponsor or adopt the orphaned monkeys.
This is the second year that we are baby NIKELA’s Guardian Angel. Twice we’ve visited her to see how she’s progressing and growing. (Watch the videos below.)
Most orphaned baby vervet monkeys spend about three years in rehab. It takes that long for them to be integrated into a troop and the troop readied for release back into the wild. To date fifteen troops of vervet monkeys have gotten a second chance of living free, thanks to Silke and her team at Bambelela.