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Newsletter No. 34

Registered charity No: 1102532

Protecting primates and habitats worldwide


“BE PROUD TO BE A PRIMATE” IN THIS ISSUE: The Monkey Sanctuary receives wildlife business award, ENDCAP and the Ikea monkey, News from Chile, logo competition, flying monkeys and more.

Bring us sunshine! Happy New Year! After a turbulent few months at our rescue centre towards the end of 2012 with the November flooding, the sad loss of our youngest monkey Pepper and difficult financial situation due to the poor summer weather, I wonder, what will 2013 bring for Wild Futures and primates worldwide? I know that we will be working harder than ever to raise vital funds to rescue more monkeys and protect them in the wild. Our events calendar includes something for everyone this year from cycling, sky diving, running, the paranormal, music, art and more! Personally I like to do something new every year – last year I ticked off the haunted sleepover (a spine tingly but strangely liberating experience); this year I feel something of great heights is calling… watch this space or better still, join me!


After a rollercoaster ride in the campaign world last year, we are about to embark on yet another journey as the campaign movement to protect primates evolves. You can read more about this in our campaign update. Since I started with Wild Futures in January 2012, I have been working to build relationships with many universities and colleges. I would like to thank one special student at Marjon University in Plymouth for her input into this particular newsletter, Alex Beckingsale. Considering young people often get a hard time in the media, I have met and worked with some fantastic young people in both events and PR, who completely contradict the media profile. I hope you enjoy Alex’s articles.

Tweets we like @brianblessed Oh dear RT @ GemmaLawrence1 : Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary flooded … Text SANC22 to 70070 to donate @DeborahMeaden @wildfutures Certainly...I expect we share the same wishes. @PeterEgan6 This is a wonderful sanctuary. Can you help? Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary is Flooded! http://www.wildfutures. org/news/2012/11/22/wildfutures-monkey-sanctuaryis-flooded…

We hope you like the more substantial newsletter – we have decided to decrease the number of newsletters to twice a year, but provide you with more content in each issue. This gives you more at less cost, which means we can plough more funds right to where it is needed most. Don’t forget though – you can register to receive a short and sharp monthly e-news update by registering at and daily snippets can be found on Thank you, as always, for your continued support and for helping us to make a difference to primates both in the UK and abroad. I wish you a great 2013! Warmest wishes,


@CharleeDrew You can donate to @ wildfutures or adopt a monkey from here :http:// they do incredible work to rescue primates in the UK!

Hayley Dann Editor

@BillOddie HOT NEWS! Stephen Fry is a primate! Visit http://www. for proof. It takes one to know one. Look in the mirror.That’s you that is!

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Staff profile:

Rachel Hevesi

Director of Wild Futures

In 2012 Rachel Hevesi was shortlisted for a national Charity Times award for outstanding individual achievement following her 29 year commitment to The Monkey Sanctuary and Wild Futures. Throughout her time working for the charity, Rachel has travelled abroad including in Brazil, Peru and Colombia, shared knowledge to enable primate rehabilitation projects, and advised and educated on every level, from student to government. Here we find out more about Rachel and the story of Wild Futures.

How did you first get involved with The Monkey Sanctuary? I first started at The Monkey Sanctuary in 1984, as a volunteer. A couple of weeks helping out inspired several repeat visits and eventually the opportunity of a job - which then turned into a 29 year commitment. I have never looked back! What challenges have you faced over the years? There have been many challenges over the years, including today’s financial climate. Perhaps the biggest challenge was following the death of the Sanctuary’s founder, Len Williams. Len who founded the Sanctuary in 1964, had challenged the mores of animal keeping - designing innovative enclosures, prioritising social behaviour opportunities, the recognition of the individual in a social group and the importance of educating people about welfare and conservation issues. These are things that are today taken for granted, but then were revolutionary. When Len died and the monkey care team gradually disbanded, I was left with the challenge of the survival of the Sanctuary and its primate residents. I worked hard to convince Len’s widow that it was the right thing to do for the monkeys and she very kindly agreed to give me two years to create a new team and establish a future for the Sanctuary, which we did. It took a lot of hard work, but with the support of a team of dedicated and passionate people, we initially set up a cooperative that bought the Sanctuary and then later the charity of today. What has been your biggest achievement so far? I guess one of my biggest achievements has been to help persuade the Chilean Government of the necessity

for a primate sanctuary in their country and to write guidelines and advice on legislation, resulting in real changes to animal welfare. Of course, this is mainly due to the determination and hard work of Elba Muñoz (see our Overseas Support article). It gives me great satisfaction to know that the primate pet trade has now virtually ended in Chile - I only wish that we could achieve the same in the UK. We will not stop campaigning until we achieve the same here. I am proud that the issue of the UK primate pet trade was put on the national and government agenda by Wild Futures. I continue to work with our Campaigns Manager Brooke Aldrich in leading the campaign to end the primate pet trade in the UK. Although we were instrumental in getting the Primate Code of Practice published in 2010, the evidence clearly shows it is not being enforced. The situation is a complete mess. But everything we achieve is a result of the passion and commitment of a great team and I would not want to claim personal credit for a single aspect of it. What inspires you? People and monkeys! We are all primates! I love any opportunity to work with the monkeys, it is an honour to get to know them individually and use my experience, from my training in physiology and pathology to understanding behavioural needs in order to help the monkeys themselves and to share that with the team here and others at different projects. I love the fact that there are people working in conservation and animal welfare literally all over the world as a result of having been inspired by our charity and the monkeys that live here.

You spearheaded the rebrand of The Monkey Sanctuary Trust to Wild Futures in 2009 – tell us your reasoning for that. As the scale of our work grew, The Monkey Sanctuary became part of a larger remit and our charity was having a positive effect a lot further afield – employees were being seconded to overseas projects as consultants, we were working as advisors at governmental level and to other NGOs on primate welfare, we were supporting a lot of overseas projects protecting or researching primates in the wild, and our education team had grown. We needed a name that better reflected our work in its entirety.....and so Wild Futures was born with the overall aim ‘to protect primates and habitats worldwide’. What will you be looking to achieve in the next 6 months? We will be working hard to ensure our financial stability. All charities are struggling in the current financial climate; however we have been doubly impacted this year though due to the dreadful weather. It means we must look for ways to ensure protection against this. One way is to raise enough funds to build an education centre at our Sanctuary site. We are currently reviewing the plans for this. Our campaign will be taken to a higher level this year. After 2012’s events with the Private Members’ Bill, the Stephen Fry campaign and the media coverage we received, we cannot lose momentum. So we are working with other like minded organisations to take our campaign to end the primate pet trade even further this year. Watch this space! | |


Gift Aid it! Gift Aid is a scheme that enables charities to claim back the tax on donations made to them by supporters such as you. This is currently 25% of your donation, so we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate. For example if you make a donation of £50 and tick the Gift Aid box, we will receive Gift Aid for amount £12.50 making your donation actually worth £62.50! The great thing is, it costs you nothing extra and all you have to do is fill out a simple form or tick the ‘Gift Aid’ box where you see it. What’s more, once you sign the declaration we can claim Gift Aid on donations you have made up to four years ago, as well as all future donations. How does it help? Last year we raised £50,000 by claiming Gift Aid on your donations.To give an idea of how this can help primates, it costs £20,000 to construct a new enclosure at The Monkey Sanctuary and £30,000 to feed all of the monkeys that live there, for one year. Am I eligible? To be eligible to Gift Aid you must pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax each year (6th April to 5th April) at least equal to the amount of tax that all charities and / or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that you donate to, will claim back in that tax year. I’ve signed the declaration – now what? There is nothing more you need to do! Once we have your Gift Aid declaration we can claim back the tax from HMRC. All you need to do in the future is let us know if you change your name or address or if your tax status changes so you no longer pay tax. For more information on tax effective giving, visit the Institute of Fundraising site:

UK Project Update: The Monkey Sanctuary

Relentless Rain! One evening at the end of November we were hit by a storm with intense rainfall and winds. Our education office and public toilets were flooded and our team spent the night shovelling buckets of water out of the offices and salvaging what we could. The storm was so severe; it started to uproot one of the largest trees onsite, almost crashing into the monkey enclosures and so we had to quickly evacuate our Barbary macaques to another part of the territory.

Flood defenses continued through the month of December and it just felt that the rain was never going to end. As finances were getting extremely tight, we launched an emergency winter appeal. Fortunately the media picked up on our plight and news of our flooded Sanctuary hit the national and regional papers. Following this we received many donations and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters and the general public.

Thank you list

**Cordial Rocks for cordial **Sharpham Wines for wine **Stephen Barrett Bistro One for wine tasting **Applied Business Solutions for free digital display screens **Elixel for creation of Monkey Nuts App **Computer Assistance and Specsavers for computer donations **Homebase Liskeard for coming to our rescue during the floods ** for Pepper’s remembrance pebble **Coop Callington & Tesco Lee Mill for providing a nut collection bin **Animal Aid for the collection at their Christmas fayre

Wish List

**Filing cabinet – 2 drawer **Scanner & Laser Printer **Blank CD’s **USB sticks **Traffic cones **Projector


Pepper with mum Betty. Trees being removed after emergency evacuation. Water went through the floors of the toilets into the education office below. Some of the damage caused to the education office. The light fittings were full of muddy water and Pepper’s remembrance pebble

Two trees had to be cut down, deemed too dangerous so close to the enclosures. Despite the costs involved we had no choice but to go ahead; we could not risk the safety of our monkeys. Whilst this was happening Pepper, the 10 month old capuchin fell ill and was rushed to the vets after he stopped breathing. Despite our best efforts in getting him resuscitated, the vet’s quick treatment, and keepers caring for him all through the night, it was just too much and he sadly passed away a few days later.

So far almost £8,000 has been raised following the appeal, which has been a huge help and really lifted the team’s spirits at a very difficult time. Thanks to our supporters and the hard work from various organisations, our Education Office is once again fully functioning with new carpets, shelving, equipment and freshly painted walls. Our toilets are now back in full working order and will be ready for our open season which starts on 2nd March this year. | |

Leaving a gift to charity in your Will

Monkey Update

By Alex Beckingsale

Betty Capuchins All is well in the rescue centre with the capuchin monkeys. Since the sad passing of baby Pepper, the keepers have kept a watchful eye on Betty (his mum) and the rest of the family, but are relieved to see that they are coping well with the loss. A couple of interesting new enclosures have caused great excitement for the groups who have had the chance to use them. The capuchin monkeys (particularly the older ladies!) aren’t big fans of the British winter, so their keepers are making sure they are given lots of environmental enrichment to keep their active minds and bodies busy. As usual, keepers are giving our elderly and diabetic capuchins specialised care as the winter can bring added health problems for those individuals, but everyone is generally in good shape.



Woolly Monkeys

Barbary macaques

The woolly monkeys are getting on really well at the moment. Young Ollie (who is going through the ‘troublesome teenager’ stage!) was becoming increasingly pushy and forgetting his manners, but Ivor and Pablo, the two older males, have made sure they put him firmly back in his place!

The Barbary macaque boys are all big, strong and healthy and despite their complicated politics (with Chico and Mario often competing for the dominant position in the hierarchy), they are getting along fine. As this species naturally inhabit North Africa, they don’t mind the colder weather as much as the South American primates that live at The Monkey Sanctuary, but have recently had a new hut built so that they are able to keep warm and cosy if they choose. It’s turned out to be very popular, with each of the boys wanting to keep it all to themselves as their little den! We still need to raise an extra £14,000 to build them a new, larger indoor room which we hope to achieve this year.

Maya and Caju are doing well, with Maya being particularly fit and healthy for her age of 21 and Caju still on a bit of a diet due to his love of food and tendency to put on weight! The woolly monkeys don’t enjoy the cold or wet weather so they are taking advantage of any dry, sunny days to forage out in the trees and socialise in their large, heated, indoor rooms when the weather is bad.

Leaving a gift in your Will is great way to give to charity. We asked Samantha Buckthought, Partner and Head of the Wills and Trusts Department at Wolferstans Solicitors in Plymouth for her advice on how to leave a legacy: The process of leaving a legacy is very straightforward. If you don’t yet have a Will, a legacy can be included when first drafted. If you have an existing Will, a codicil (amendment) can be added at any time. A legacy can reflect either a specific amount, or a percentage of the value of your final Estate. It is possible for legacies to be challenged after your death. There are, however, some simple things you can do to prevent this. The first is to have your Will drafted by a specialist Solicitor. So-called ‘DIY’ Wills sold on the high-street are far easier to challenge than those drafted by a Solicitor. Talking openly with relatives about your plans can also help to prevent challenges. Not only does any gift you leave to charity not incur any Inheritance Tax, leaving a legacy could in fact reduce the overall tax burden on your Estate. Inheritance Tax in the UK is paid on any Estate worth over £325,000. Thanks to changes by The Chancellor in 2012, anyone leaving at least 10% of their Estate to charity will see the tax burden on the remainder of their Estate reduced from 40% to 36% overall. This means your legacy will not only benefit the charity of your choice, but also any other beneficiaries of your Estate. The most important thing to remember is that if you want to leave a legacy you must write a Will! It is the only way to ensure your charity receives your gift. For more information on leaving a legacy please see our new legacy leaflet, which can be downloaded from the website, or contact our legacy officer on 0844 272 1271 or email | |


The Ikea Monkey

Campaigns Update

One monkey that hit the media headlines towards the end of 2012 was the rhesus macaque, Darwin, who was found wondering in the entrance of a furniture store in Toronto, Canada dressed in a sheepskin coat and wearing a nappy. Darwin was only seven months old at the time. In the wild, monkeys remain with their mothers for much longer, in some cases years. However, it is common within the primate pet trade for monkeys to be removed very young to be sold as pets and it appears that this is what happened here. Adult rhesus macaques are extremely aggressive and dangerous and a high percentage of them carry Simian Herpes B Virus which, if transmitted to humans is deadly. It is actually forbidden to possess a monkey as a pet in Toronto. The city bylaw, initiated largely to protect human safety and fragile ecosystems, states: ‘no person shall keep, either on a temporary or permanent basis any prohibited animal in the city’. There is a list of prohibited animals which uses taxonomical classifications to differentiate between pets and other animals. All non-human primates are banned. For the preliminary trial, Wild Futures was happy to provide Storybook Farm (the Sanctuary in Ontario where Darwin resides for now) with a written statement about the damaging nature of the primate pet trade. At the time of writing this article, the case continues.

Our local MP Sheryll Murray

In our last newsletter we wrote about our meeting with Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) in April. After the change in cabinet ministers last year, we had a second meeting with Defra in December 2012, this time with Lord de Mauley, now Parliamentary Under Secretary for Resource Management, the Local Environment and Environmental Science. Again, we presented all the information that we had discussed with Lord Taylor of Holbeach (who has now moved to a ministerial post at the Home

Office) last year. This meeting was not as encouraging as the last. Last year Lord Taylor and his team told us that information would be collected between now and the proposed review of the primate code in 2015. At December’s meeting, however, it was made clear that the government does not even plan to start collecting information until 2015. Despite this disheartening meeting, we have had some serious discussions since. We are now planning a slightly different approach, with which we will be going public soon.

Entertainment industry

Our local Cornish MP, Sheryll Murray, did a great job in presenting a Private Members’ Bill last year to end the trade in primates as pets. Although the bill is unlikely to go any further (as is the case with many Private Members’ Bills), Sheryll continues to be a fantastic support to Wild Futures. In fact, Sheryll visited The Monkey Sanctuary immediately after hearing it had been hit by the floods in November, and then sent out an appeal to the local media on our behalf.


Primates are not pets!

The use of primates in the entertainment industry continues to be a real issue. “Rock of Ages”, the recent film starring Tom Cruise, shockingly included a monkey – just because Cruise decided that, “I realised I needed one in the movie to help me play the character.” Converse also released an advertising campaign featuring a performing chimp.

commit to reducing their negative impact on animals as a result of their use in the entertainment industry.

Wild Futures is a founding member of, a coalition of leading animal charities and NGOs established last year. It is a scheme by which companies and individuals can learn about and

This was a great result and really set an excellent example for other organisations to follow. It is exactly why AnimalPledge. org is such a great idea. You can find out more at

Following the campaign against Converse’s decision to use a chimp in its advertising, the company withdrew the chimp footage and pledged not to use primates in future advertising. | |

Corporate support


Last year Wild Futures held a corporate event in the city of Plymouth, introducing the charity to local businesses and launching a new corporate pack. The event was sponsored by a design agency, Real Fusion, who has since adopted a monkey (Mr Monkey).

Such wild animals are unpredictable, they can transmit harmful diseases, and they can cause severe injuries, but of course the animals suffer too. Wild Futures is a member of ENDCAP, a pan-European coalition of animal welfare NGOs and wildlife professionals from countries throughout Europe, whose members specialise in the welfare and protection of wild animals in captivity.

Rachel Hevesi, our Director, gave a talk on Wild Futures and then showed our film with Stephen Fry. This was followed by a short talk by Hayley Dann on how businesses can work with Wild Futures to improve their corporate social responsibility and green credentials. The event was a huge success and many businesses commented on how it had “opened their eyes” and pledged to help in some way. Lots of meetings and discussions have been held since and some great partnerships are underway including monkey adoptions, golf days, sports competitions, event sponsorship and fee donations.

Dogs and domestic cats may be the most conventional and abundant animals to have as pets or companions, but wild animals such as monkeys, snakes, lizards and meerkats are increasingly in demand in homes around Europe.

ENDCAP held a very important conference at the European Parliament in October 2012. Our Director, Rachel Hevesi, travelled to Brussels and presented our work, including cases and evidence illustrating the awful consequences of the primate pet trade to individual monkeys. Rachel also took questions, as part of an expert panel, from MEPs and the deputy head of Unit Biodiversity in the European Commission, who was very interested in our findings and experience, and who requested a copy of Rachel’s presentation. A report entitled ‘Wild Pets in the EU’ was launched at this event, providing evidence of the threats the above animals pose including to humans, native wildlife and the natural environment. Following the ENDCAP conference, Members of the European Parliament were quick to voice their support; however it is clear that there is much work to be done. A strategy is currently being developed with the aim to limit the trade in wild animals for pet keeping and furthermore, to seek opportunities to improve knowledge and training of enforcement agencies in countries throughout the EU.

Petition Update

Our survey says…

Our petition remains open at this current date. Originally it was planned to present to number 10 Downing Street in December however, due to the flood that hit our Sanctuary, key members of staff were unable to make the trip.

We carried out a short ‘get to know you’ survey towards the end of last year. The survey included 10 questions centred on pets, wildlife and primates. Although the survey results have not been fully published yet, we can already see that there is a gap in the general knowledge about primate species and so we plan to address this over the coming months.

The good news is that the petition is still open until further notice. So please, if you have not done so already, sign, share and shout about it! We still urge all our supporters to continue to write to their MPs – you can find out more information on how to do this on our website at fundraising/support-our-campaign/

We believe that if people can understand and appreciate the wonderful diversity of all primate species, this will help our campaign to end the trade in primates. Reassuringly though, almost 95% of respondents stated that it should not be legal to have a primate as a pet.

If you are a director, manager or employee of a business that would like to find out more about how Wild Futures can work with you in a mutually beneficial way, then please contact Hayley on Hayley_dann@wildfutures. org. You can also download a copy of the corporate pack from our website corporate-sponsorship/

One local business, Yellowbird Media, got involved immediately, jumping on board to sponsor our Flying Monkey Sky Dive event in February! As well as sponsoring the event, Managing Director Chris Passmore and Sales Manager Hayley Patton will be taking to the great height of 15000ft and jumping out of a plane. Hayley said: “I’m pleased to be jumping for Wild Futures as our business enjoys working with charities. It is exciting to be taking part in this record breaking attempt!” | |


Bill Oddie Be Proud to be a Primate! B

ill Oddie helped raise awareness of our campaign last year to end the trade in primates as pets, and more recently offered support to our emergency winter appeal. Although famous for birdwatching, he is very passionate about wider conservation issues, including those faced by primates. Wild Futures’ Hayley Dann caught up with him in December to find out more. When and how did your love for wildlife first begin? My love for wildlife first started in the early 1950’s as a school boy. I spent hours out in the countryside on the edge of Rochdale and Birmingham. Surrounded by hedgerows and fields, I learnt about bird calls, nesting and their habitats. Looking back, this was my training. I learnt a great deal and spent so much time there. And primates? This came later in life. My first encounter was with a young American guy – Jim Cronin – I was doing a kid’s ITV wildlife programme at the time and he came on the show to talk about primates. It was fascinating. People in this country are not going to come into contact with a primate except maybe in a zoo where they may see chimps, gibbons, possibly a gorilla and small groups of monkeys. It takes a long time for it to sink in for people, to appreciate these species in our country and that they need help in the wild. Primate knowledge and appreciation falls between wildlife in general and the individual species. One can hardly blame people for their lack of knowledge because there is such a wide range of primates – from small marmosets to huge mountain gorillas. What projects have you been involved with linked to primates? In the UK I start the great gorilla run each year in London. I thoroughly enjoy the event. It’s a great visual event - these people nearly kill themselves in the gorilla suits and raise a fantastic amount of money for gorilla conservation. It is just magical seeing 300 gorilla runners coming towards you on Tower Bridge in London. Ok they are human, but they are also primates! I also worked on the Funky Gibbon project with IPPL UK. It all linked back to the song I wrote in the 1970’s, ‘Do the Funky Gibbon’. I have not the faintest idea why I wrote that song but later in life I felt I owed the gibbons something – no one takes gibbons seriously. They do not get accepted as a great ape. I have been lucky enough to see gibbons in the wild in Thailand whilst bird watching. One morning I was woken up by a whole troop in the tree outside singing.

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“I would be absolutely delighted if the trade in primates ended.” rows of palm trees. But actually what And then on a trip to Borneo I observed you are looking at is a monoculture the proboscis monkey – they are not which is totally unacceptable to a huge very lively, they just look down at you. number of species. In a section of the I also hoped to see gibbons whilst I was rainforest where you would find 200 there – I could hear them singing. The species of birds, in the equivalent size orang-utan is the most endangered – area of palm oil plantation, you will only during this trip I saw some in a captive find 12. state that were rescued orang-utans, hopefully going back into the wild. I The problem is that for these countries had a nice view of one particular orangthe income from the plantations is utan when I was in a boat. It was an old vital for their economy male building his nest high up and the truth is that they in a tree. They build a different Primates are would not be able to afford nest every night. He would so humanlike the conservation measures pull off a branch with his strong and the without those companies on arms, place it in his nest and impact that it board. Local ministers must then sit back (they are very laid work to get the plantation has on their back, lazy looking animals). Off companies on their side and he would go again, and then psychological work together. sit back. Orang-utans decide state is awful whether to put a roof on top depending on whether they What is your view on the primate pet think it is going to rain or not. This trade? particular one decided not to put a I feel dodgy about any wild animal roof on. Ten minutes later, the heavens being kept as a pet. An animal not in opened! It was amazing to watch. its natural habitat does not look right. Orang-utan means ‘man of the forest’ Primates are so humanlike and the and from that you can see why our love impact that it has on their psychological for them and relationship with them is state is awful. As we know primates are very strong. taken from the wild in many countries During your week in Borneo you observed your first palm oil plantation – how did that make you feel? When you see disasters like oil spills on the TV or if you are there and you see the creatures being washed up on the shore, you realise how awful it is. The palm oil industry has been talked about by a lot of conservation organisations for a few years now, but I had no idea what it looked like. When you first see a plantation, either by ! driving past or going past in a boat, you don’t immediately think, “oh my god!” because aesthetically it looks ok – it’s

and it is a huge trade whether they end up as pets, the entertainment industry or as bush meat, the consequence is awful. A lot of NGO’s spend time rescuing them and dealing with the trade. I would be absolutely delighted if the trade in primates ended. Ironically, maybe it is because we are so closely related that we are often so abusive (we are not exactly gentle with one another). Fortunately, maybe it is for the same reason that we can also be outraged, concerned and compassionate. In being so, we are being kind to ourselves. Be proud to be a primate! | |


Kids: Design a logo! We will be launching a new kids club in the Summer and need our trusted young supporters to come up with a Primate Pals club logo. The logo needs to include a cartoon picture of a monkey character (preferably a capuchin, Barbary macaque or woolly monkey) and it needs to be clear and simple in design. The logo will be used on our website, literature and merchandise such as badges and stickers. We are looking for budding young designers to get involved in this exciting opportunity. Please send or email your design in with full contact details by the closing date of 30th April 2013. The winner will then be announced in May in time for the launch during the Summer. Designs will be shortlisted to three winners who will all receive free entry to the club once it is launched. The best design of the three will get to see their design in print! Please send your entries to: Primate Pals club design competition Wild Futures Murrayton House St Martins Cornwall PL13 1NZ Or email

Sample Itinerary for School-Age Group 11:00 Welcome! Entrance desk Introduction to the Sanctuary. Monkey walk! Monkey territory Explore the enclosures, see some of our monkeys and hear all about them from the keepers. Ask lots of questions 12.00: Arts and crafts workshop Activity room. Get crafty with wildlife workshops! 13.00: Lunch break! Cafe Chance to visit the playground. 14.00: Enrichment making workshop Front of house Help a keeper to make some enrichment parcels for the monkeys and see the monkeys enjoy them! 15.00: Explorers trail! Gardens Visit the wildlife room. How many ‘mini-beasts’ can you find in the wildlife gardens?! 15.30: Free time around the Sanctuary. Chance to visit the bat zone, activity room, gift shop, time at the playground, ask more questions! 16.30: Home time!


Education Update

By Alex Beckingsale At Wild Futures, our Education Team has been working hard to develop links with the local community as well as nationwide projects to improve education surrounding primate welfare, general animal welfare and environmental issues. Katie Timmins, Education Officer responsible for offsite projects, has been busy visiting a number of local primary schools introducing young children to these issues in an age-appropriate and fun way. These talks have been a great success, and have had an enthusiastic response from the children (and teachers!). Katie has also visited local further and higher education centres including the Newquay Campus of Cornwall College, and the Falmouth Campus of Exeter University to give talks to students taking a variety of animal behaviour and management courses. These visits not only allow Katie to promote our core message of primate welfare, but are also highly beneficial to the students. Our Education Team doesn’t limit itself to children and young people, as Katie proved with her visit to the Rotary Club of Lostwithiel. Her talk went down well with the Rotarians and Katie hopes to expand this area of the education programme. The team has also been working hard to further improve the facilities and workshops available at The Monkey Sanctuary. Claire Turnbull, Education Officer responsible for onsite projects, has hosted a number of school and college group visits in recent months. These visits include a

guided tour with talks from keepers, the opportunity to help make food parcels for the monkeys (and then see the monkeys enjoying them!), a talk about enclosure designs with Tjark, the Site Manager, for the older groups and a mini-beast hunt for the younger ones, and much more! Claire has also been working with local Girl Guides Groups. The 1st Feniton Brownies enjoyed their trip so much that their leader, Sophie Chalmers, created a ‘Monkey Madness’ badge, both raising awareness of the Sanctuary’s work and fundraising for us. Sophie’s story is highlighted in this edition’s Supporter Spotlight section on page 11. Through this work, many other Girl Guide groups have now visited and fundraised for The Monkey Sanctuary. Claire will be building on this involvement in the coming months, as well as reaching out to local Scout and Woodcraft Folk Groups to widen the participation. As usual, the Education Team will also be involved in the many ‘International Action Days’ such as World Environment Day, with special events taking place at The Monkey Sanctuary on these days. You can keep up to date with these days on our website www. Katie and Claire are keepers at The Monkey Sanctuary, and so are ideally placed to inform, educate and enthuse children and adults alike about our work. If you would like to arrange a workshop with our Education Team, a visit to The Monkey Sanctuary for your group or would like us to send you some resources to use in your activities please email Claire_Turnbull@ | |

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What is a Primate? Primates are the order of mammals that woolly monkeys, capuchins, chimpanzees and humans belong to. Primates are split into three main groups; prosimians, monkeys and apes. sensitive than their prosimian relatives **They have a large braincase – they are very intelligent and have very good memories so are therefore able to survive in various habitats due to their ability to remember, for example, what to eat and where to find food **Their tail is usually longer than their body and in some species, is prehensile which allows them to use it as an extra limb, freeing their arms and feet for feeding and grasping. **They have the ability to sit upright, and, in some species, even stand erect which allows them more use of their dextrous hands.

Prosimians Prosimians are the smallest of the primates and it is from prosimian ancestors that the monkeys and apes of today have developed. Examples are bush babies, tarsiers and lemurs and they are often recognisable by their small size, huge eyes and large sensitive ears. Other characteristics are: **Many are nocturnal and have a tapetum – a layer of their eye which is particularly reflective, aiding night-vision. Cats have the same feature. **They have a wet nose like a dog which aids scent – important for nocturnal activity. **They have smaller braincases than other primates. **They produce litters instead of single offspring

Apes The apes are split into lesser apes and great apes. Gibbons belong to the lesser ape family and humans, chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos and gorillas are great apes. Great apes are larger than both prosimians and monkeys, and are the most successful tool-users and problem-solvers in the primate world.

Monkeys Monkeys are separated into Old World monkeys which developed in Asia and Africa and New World monkeys which are found in the Americas. Both woolly and capuchin monkeys are New World monkeys.




We are very grateful to the following companies for their donations to the raffle: The Carbis Bay Hotel Eco-Drive Cornish Food Box Plus a big thank you to Sue Earnshaw for the beautiful picture of the vervet monkey. We organised a photo with The Carbis Bay Hotel and the managing director fell in love with our capuchin teddy. He now proudly sells them from the hotel reception, with percentage of sales donated to Wild Futures.














Upon hearing she had won top prize Jane said: “We have supported Wild Futures and The Monkey Sanctuary for 9 years and although we live in Yorkshire, we visit the Sanctuary every year. We are always touched just by how passionate the Monkey Sanctuary team members are about their work. We adopt Caju the woolly monkey and so are planning to tie our trip in with Adopters’ Day this year!”




















The similarities between apes include the following features: **A shorter spine and broader pelvis which makes the ape’s posture more vertical **A large brain relative to body size **No tail **Extremely dextrous hands, allowing them to be among the most successful mammals in the world due to their ability to problem-solve, coupled with their ability to manipulate materials and make use of tools.

Old World monkeys have narrow septums and downward-facing nostrils which are similar to apes. They also have rump pads which, in females often become inflamed when they are ready to mate. New World monkeys have a longer septum, side-facing nostrils and some have prehensile tails which they use for balance, or even as an extra limb. The characteristics that both of these types of monkeys share are: **They are largely active during the day **They have a dry, hairy nose which is less

Our Christmas raffle was a huge success and raised nearly £2,000 so a big thank you to everyone that took part. This year we had some fantastic prizes with top prize being a luxury Cornish break package for up to four people – including accommodation, an eco-car for the entire duration of the break, Cornish food box, organic wine, chocolates, plus vouchers for entry to various Cornish attractions. Congratulations to Jane from Yorkshire who won the top prize.



Everyone loves our capuchin teddy – even Stephen Fry!



Supporter Spotlight

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This newsletter we are highlighting the support of Devon-based Girl Guide Leader Sophie Chalmers. Sophie first visited The Monkey Sanctuary in 2011 and was so inspired by the work we do that she decided to create the ‘Monkey Madness’ badge as part of her Queen’s Guide Award (the highest Award members can work towards in Guiding). The Brownies started working towards their badge with a night of monkey games and an introduction to the primate pet trade, as well as looking at photos of our rescued monkeys, and making a list of how they could raise money and awareness for Wild Futures. Over the following four weeks Sophie arranged a range of activities for her group, including making monkey tails using an old pair of tights and newspaper. Sophie tells us that the Brownies especially enjoyed running around making monkey noises with their new tails on! The Brownies then completed their badge with a special visit to The Monkey Sanctuary which included a range of activities with the Education Team. As well as all of the fun and educational activities, Sophie organised her group to do some fundraising. During their school half-term the Brownies were sponsored to wear their monkey tail for a whole day, raising £128! A couple of weeks later, the Brownies set up a stall at Feniton Fun Day and raised a further £111. Overall, Sophie and her Brownie Group donated a massive £423 to Wild Futures, including joining the Adopt a Monkey Scheme. This is a great achievement for Sophie and her group of young Girl Guides. This isn’t the first time that The Monkey Sanctuary and Girl Guiding have joined forces. The Brownie Annual 1984 had a four-page spread about a visit by the 3rd Looe Brownie group’s visit, complete with pictures of some of our very first woolly monkeys as well as our Director Rachel Hevesi, who had just started then as a volunteer! We would like to thank Sophie and 1st Feniton Brownies for their hard work and enthusiasm, and we hope that Sophie’s Monkey Madness badge will inspire other Girl Guide groups to continue the long tradition of Guiding involvement with The Monkey Sanctuary.


The Wild Futures shop at The Monkey Sanctuary

Wild Futures formed a trading company in January 2011: Wild Futures Trading Limited. The decision to form this company was to add greater benefit to the charity by promoting Wild Futures and creating profit that can be donated back to the charity. Wild Futures Trading Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary company incorporating the shop and café on The Monkey Sanctuary site, an online shop org and offsite catering brand, Wild Catering. Wild Catering will be out and about this year at various events including the Bristol Veg Fest 24-26th May, Bristol Festival of Nature 15-16th June and the Looe Festival of Food and Drink 29-30th June. They also hope to be at the Royal Cornwall Show 6-8th June, Relentless Boardmasters in Newquay 7-11th August and Beautiful Days Festival 1618th August, plus others in the pipeline for later in the year. You can keep up to date with all their events on the calendar on our website, Here is a selection of products we thought you might like for the Spring – you can

check out our full list of products at: Our hooded sweatshirts have been very popular over the last few months – with 6 colour choice options - these stylish and eco-friendly hoodies are just £24.99! Customers love our selection of beautiful Salt Water bead necklaces! Salt Water Beads is a Cornish grown company selling beautiful and innovative designs in jewellery; this necklace is simple, yet stunning and is made by the hands of designer Tegan Eade. Choices: green or blue. Only £9.99. These Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved bird calls are the perfect gift! There are a range of calls ranging from the common blackbird to the majestic tawny owl and there is even a call to allow you to talk to the ducks on your local pond! Highly humorous and allowing many hours of entertainment these calls are great for birdwatchers, as novelty gifts or just for the person who has everything! Talk to the birds today with one of our bird calls! Just £5.99. | |

Events Calendar 2013 Whatever your interest – we have an event for you!

Flying Monkey Sky dive | 16th February | Dunkeswell, Honiton Have you ever wanted to jump from 15,000ft dressed as a monkey?… Now is the time! By raising £395 you will be able to jump for free. Your money will support the work of Wild Futures and you get to have an incredible, fun-filled experience! Night Runner | 23rd February | Truro A unique, night time running event in Truro, Cornwall. 10k at 10.00pm. Unleash your dark side and sign up now for your place in Night Runner 2013! Registration just £12 (includes your place, t-shirt, medal and hot drink). Haunted Sleepover | 8th March | Bodmin, Cornwall Back by popular demand! Join our team in this unique challenge – a sponsored sleepover at the ‘haunted’ Bodmin Jail! Just £19 to register and we hope that participants will raise some sponsorship to take part in this scary, spine tingling challenge! Wild Cycle | 17th March | Colliford Lake, Bodmin Moor Set yourself a challenge for 2013 and sign up to the Wild Cycle; a 35 mile, mixed-terrain bike ride in Cornwall on Sunday the 17th of March. Registration just £15 (includes place, t-shirt, medal and snack). The Lost Chorus benefit concert | 23rd March | St John’s Hall, Totnes Ancient melodies re-ignite with a modern twist, swinging rhythms roll into Indie beats – The Lost Sound make a cappella singing resonant, fiery and fun! Tickets £8 Plymouth Half Marathon | 28th April

Wild Futures has 15 special gold bond places to give away. Or if you already have a place, contact us for a fundraising pack. Contact for an application form. All Wild Futures runners will be given a unique t-shirt and fundraising pack. Adopters Day | 31st May | The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe The Sanctuary opens for adopters only – giving them a unique chance to meet their monkey, find out inside news of Wild Futures, a tasty lunch and lots more! Adopters must prior book by calling 0844 272 1271 or emailing Sponsored Abseil | 29th june | Drake Circus Mall, Plymouth Abseil down the iconic Drake Circus building. Contact for more information. Climb Kili | 11th-22nd September Join our team in an overseas trek of your life for September 2013. Wild Futures will be trekking the lesser trodden Lemosho trail to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Join our team now and raise £4,000 and your trek will be paid for. All challengers will be sent a detailed fundraising pack with t-shirt and wristband.

Call us on 0844 272 1271 or visit We also have many onsite events at our Monkey Sanctuary this year including a Moroccan event, Earth Day, Exotic Pet Trade Day, World Ocean’s Day and lots more. Keep up to date with our Monkey Sanctuary events on and all our fundraising events on | |


Good News

Our Sanctuary was proud winner of the bronze Cornwall tourism award for ‘Wildlife Friendly Business’ in recognition for our work for native wildlife. This particular award was new to the list this year and over 300 businesses applied. As well as learning about the rescued monkeys at The Monkey Sanctuary, visitors can get involved in wildlife activities such as bug box making, get interactive in the ‘Wildlife Room’, watch bats via a live link to a roost in the cellar of the old house and explore the extensive wildlife gardens, home to more than 385 different wildlife species including, badgers, lizards, foxes, deer, the lesser horseshoe bat and the rare pearl bordered fritillary butterfly.

Muffin Recipe

At Wild Futures we are passionate about vegan and vegetarian food as a way to live sustainably and in an animal friendly way. The food sold at our Sanctuary and through our Wild Catering business follows this ethos as does the in-house catering for staff and volunteers. We love trying out new vegan recipes and so if you have something that you would like to share please email us at fundraising@ This edition, we wanted to share with you the wicked recipe for vegan muffins from Pauline Stutt our very own Finance Officer. These delicious cakes never fail to bring a smile to staff and volunteers´ faces! **2 eggs **250ml milk **125 ml sunflower oil **100g caster sugar **100g brown sugar **1tsp vanilla essence **400g plain flour **4tsp baking powder **1tsp salt **4tbs cocoa powder (or to taste) **Bag of dark chocolate chips **For Vegan use Soya milk **1tbs cider vinegar & 1tsp baking powder = 1 egg Mix all the liquids & sugar together. Mix all the dried ingredients together then beat into the liquid until smooth. Spoon into muffin cups & bake in oven gas mark 5, 170deg C (375F) for approx 20 mins until well risen & springy to the touch. Makes 36.


Wild Futures’ Overseas Support Wild Futures not only works to end primate suffering in the UK, but provides advice, practical support and funding to overseas projects which are working to protect primate habitats and improve primate welfare. Wild Futures’ employees regularly travel to other primate projects to provide practical support and share knowledge. Chile By Brian Milton In November 2012 Wild Futures’ Brian Milton paid a return visit to our friends at the Centro de Rescate y Rehabilitación de Primates, Peñaflor, Chile. Our adoptors will know of the Centro as the home of Esperanzo, the howler monkey. Here is an update from Brian:

shortage of funds. All three houses have been made habitable (much damage was done in the earthquake), a café has been built at the entrance to the site, and dozens of cages have been built. I also met Esperanzo ten years ago, then only four years old. He is now a big fullygrown male howler monkey, still living at the main family home site, along with 20 or so of the more mentally and physically damaged monkeys. He lives with two female capuchins, Frida and Lucinda. He seemed more agile than he was ten years ago, more able to cope with his severe disabilities, and very much the boss of his little group, he seemed very relaxed and happy.

Today the land is a labyrinth of 40 or more cages, housing more than 150 monkeys

I was already in South America for the whole winter, so it seemed a good opportunity to pay a return visit, to see how the Centro had changed and grown in the ten years since I was last there. At that time, Elba Muñoz, her husband Carlos Almazán, and family had just bought a new piece of land on which to house the monkeys they rescued. I was living there in one of the three abandoned houses, along with half a dozen rescued street dogs, building the first few enclosures on the new site. Today the land is a labyrinth of 40 or more cages, housing more than 150 monkeys, living alongside two human families in the refurbished houses, and 20 or more rescued dogs. I was amazed to see all the changes they had made, despite setbacks such as lack of volunteers, the severe earthquake in 2010, and constant

This time I stayed volunteering for five weeks at the Centro. My main job was to build a roof over a large dome which had been installed on the land, funded by the International Primate Protection League (IPPL). The dome is to house Elba´s museum, to show the horrors of the trade in primates. It will house some of the dreadful cages the monkeys used to live in, the chains and ropes with which they were restrained and the collars and belts, some of which had to be surgically removed from their waist or neck. There will be information as to how the monkeys arrived, how they used to live, their physical and mental conditions, and lots of harrowing pictures. Although I didn´t get to see the end of the job, I did manage to make a good start on it. I also helped finish | |

left to right: Spain, Morocco (The Barbary Macaque Conservation in the Rif) and Chile

off a new enclosure being built and did some repairs, maintenance, cleaning, and food collection and preparation. The Centro is very much a family-run business. Elba herself works all hours for the monkeys, husband Carlos´ salary provides the main funding, daughters Cristi and Lorena run the café (which eldest son Carlos Felipe paid for), Lorena providing most of the food and Cristi the items such as clothes and jewellery sold there. Son Roberto, and the grandchildren also help out. Dedicated staff Isabel and Sergio, who live on-site, do the bulk of the maintenance work, cleaning, food collection and preparation, working till 8 or 9 o´clock most evenings, sometimes much later. Part-time staff Carola, Cristian and weekend volunteer Paula also work long hours to keep the monkeys housed, fed, and well cared-for.

As well as rescuing monkeys (and a couple of chimpanzees, Toto and Eusebio, who ended up at the Chimfunshi sanctuary in Zambia), Elba´s most important contribution to primate welfare has undoubtedly been the dramatic reduction in the number of monkeys entering Chile. By working with SAG, (the Chilean Department of Agriculture), and through lots of media attention, the flow of monkeys into Chile has been reduced to a trickle.

Spain Tjark Plat, our Site Manager, has also been on secondment this year as a consultant to the Primadomus rescue centre in Spain. He spent a month there overseeing building work, including the construction of the perimeter fence. Tjark has worked for Wild Futures for more than 10 years and is an expert in monkey enclosure construction, designing and building catching and transport boxes for rescues and vet visits. Primadomus is run by the rescue organisation Stichting AAP (the rescue centre in the Netherlands) a partner in EARS (European Alliance of Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries) and we have worked with them for many years.

Viejita was the oldest capuchin at the Centro ten years ago and is still going strong, a sprightly 52!

Some of the monkeys I got to know 10 years ago have since sadly died. Many of the woolly monkeys succumbed due to stress caused by the earthquake and subsequent tremors. The oldest, Johnny, was still there though, now 30 years old. Viejita (“Little old lady”), was the oldest capuchin at the Centro ten years ago and is still going strong, a sprightly 52! It was a privilege to get to know some of the monkeys who had arrived since my last visit, especially a capuchin rescued from a circus that was given the name Brian.

However, some do still arrive, and Elba rescues all of them, fearing that the trade will increase if she doesn´t keep on top of it. So cages still need to be built, and more and more food and care needs to be provided. What Elba, her family, staff and volunteers have achieved over the years is amazing, I shall certainly be going back to help out in future years. Anyone interested in helping, either as a volunteer or with a donation, should contact Elba through their website, and of course she would be delighted to meet any of our Esperanzo adopters who might find themselves in Chile and wish to meet him! Esperanzo features in the Wild Futures adoption scheme and money raised from Esperanzo adoptions is sent to Chile every year.

Morocco The animal welfare world is a greatly supportive one. Upon being hit by the floods we were sent words of support from animal welfare organisations all over the world. One particular organisation which made us smile was our friends The Barbary Macaque Conservation in the Rif who uploaded a picture on our facebook page. The picture showed the Wild Futures logo on the back of their Land Rover (see photo above) due to the fact that we provided them with a grant to design and produce an anti-trade poster for Moroccans. | |


Say it with Pictures

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Wild Futures Newsletter 34  
Wild Futures Newsletter 34  

An update on Wild Futures work; the charity that works hard to protect primates and habitats worldwide.