Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Vervet Monkey Rescue in Zambia

20 July 2017

Categories: Primates Campaign News, Rescue News, Homepage News

The GRI Zambia Primate Project (ZPP), assisted by two investigation officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Kalulushi, successfully confiscated two vervet monkeys that were being kept illegally in captivity in the Copperbelt.

A six year old male called Kiki that was found caged up in the house of a local man in Ndola town (he had been caged in solitary confinement for over 5 years) and a young female monkey called Kamakonde who was found tied up by a short rope to a mango tree in a compound in Mufuira town.

Kiki (pictured before rescue) had been stoned and has lost one eye. Kamakonde's tail had been cut off. Both will now be checked out by a vet and rehabilitated into a social troop with other monkeys rescued by ZPP and prepared for release back to the wild. For these two their suffering at the hands of humans is now over at least.

But sadly this is not the case for the three other monkeys that we attempted to rescue this week... they were removed ahead of us reaching them, their illegal owners no doubt having been tipped off of our presence. Our informers are on the case, and we won’t rest until we have secured them.

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