Vervet monkeys and baboons are wildlife species at risk. Silke von Eynern and Bambelela step in.
Primates are our most closely related species, so why are they being considered vermin and being killed? In fact, Primates are the most threatened species on the planet. One inspirational woman took a stand against the killing and endangering of these playful little creatures.
Monkey rescues are set up all throughout Africa, and they care for the injured primates, with high quality vet care and a well-balanced meal plan. However, once these monkeys have completed their time in rehab, and have been restored to their full health, they are released in the wild.
Now that probably doesn’t seem bad to a person just looking at the surface of this. You’re thinking, well that is good! They are really helping the monkeys who have gotten injured! Now, don’t get me wrong, these organizations are so fantastic and great to the monkeys in their recovery, what would the monkeys do without them! But that is exactly my point. Once the monkeys complete their rehab, they have become so reliant on people that when they are released, they aren’t equipped on how to fend for themselves. They have lost some of their natural instincts. They often run into other problems; since monkeys have been so acclimated to human contact in their time in rehab, that they venture too close into villages, where people once again injure, poison, trap, or even kill these monkeys. Then the vicious circle just keeps going. One woman stepped in and broke the circle, and she didn’t even mean to!
This animal lover is raising rehabbed monkeys in groups, teaching them all that they will need to know to go back into the wild. No matter the injury, or medical care needed, Silke will take in a monkey to rehab. She is the first organization that not only provides the rehab, but goes the extra mile and then forms groups for them, and releases them into the wild, with all of the help they need. Silke also takes in the massive number of baby orphan monkeys. There is a huge surplus of these baby monkeys because their mothers have been killed in the villages, or injured so badly that they cant adequately take care of their baby. A baby in the wild, is just like a human baby in the city, it couldn’t last a day out there. Silke then takes on the role of momma monkey. It takes about 4-5 years to raise these adorable little critters, and then get them ready to go.
This is such an amazing story, and really touches your heart, at what this lady is doing to help these monkeys. Even better yet, her work doesn’t even stop there! She also takes time in educating people on monkeys; ranging from how to help, how to stop the violence, and teaching future rehabbers what they will be doing with the monkeys.
Her sanctuary is also opened to the public so that people can view the monkeys in their simulated natural habitat while they’re preparing for their release.
Now you’re probably having many thoughts rush through your mind like, how can I help, or even get involved! All it takes is to team up and make a donation through Nikela to Silke and donate! Remember that anything helps and you ARE making a difference. To go the extra mile, help us spread the word of Silke and the monkey story to your friends, or even during that random chat you have with nice stranger at the café before work!
Written by Nikela Volunteer Sierra Barton