Rescues & Releases

Monkey Helpline responds to more than 1000 rescue call-outs every year – an average of at least three monkey rescue call-outs every day, and their injuries range from wounds sustained during fights with other monkeys, dog bites, being run over by motor vehicles, electrocution, being snared, trapped or poisoned, being shot with air (pellet) guns, catapults, paint-ball guns and firearms and being caught-up or injured on security razor-wire. Many are babies who are orphaned or injured when mother monkeys are attacked by dogs or other monkeys, or are severely injured or killed in human-related incidents. Over eighty percent of the monkeys we rescue, irrespective of the reason why, have got air gun pellets lodged in their bodies. A number of rescues each year concern monkeys who are simply sick, debilitated by illness, and once treated and recovered they are easily, but correctly, released back into their home territory.

Lead pellets cause terrible pain, suffering and a lingering death and no person, adult or child, should ever shoot at a monkey, or any other animal with an air gun!

Rescue call-outs originate from members of the public, other animal care organisations, veterinary practices, the police, various municipal offices, etc.

For access to the latest information about Monkey Helpline rescue call-outs and rescues:

Monkey Helpline South Africa Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/monkeyhelplinesa
Monkey Helpline Youtube http://www.youtube.com/monkeyhelplinesa
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On any given day Monkey Helpline has over a hundred monkeys in its home-based, “high-care” facility. All rescued monkeys are cared for in the “high-care” facility after first being taken to a vet, usually Dr Kerry Easson at Riverside Veterinary Clinic in Durban North, or if on occasion she is not available after hours, then to the Sherwood After Hours Veterinary Clinic. Once they have recovered from their injuries these monkeys are released back into their home territory, transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation centre or placed in a primate sanctuary


As the only dedicated monkey rescue project in KwaZulu-Natal, Monkey Helpline is available to carry out rescues 24 hours a day, every day, including Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, every other public holiday and weekends! But to do this Monkey Helpline needs YOUR support. Monkey Helpline relies entirely on public donations and receives no financial support from local, provincial or national government, or from any other animal welfare organisation in South Africa. We rely on your compassion and generosity to help us to continue being able to help the monkeys!

Please click the “Donate” tab on our Home Page for banking details!

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