Target: Sue Mousley, Founder, International Primate Rescue
Goal: Praise the seizure of 49 starving and severely ill monkeys from a private zoo attraction.
Three tortoises and 49 monkeys were recently rescued from a private zoo outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. The animals, which include spider, capuchin, and squirrel monkeys, were kept as attractions in a garden center. Various bird species still remain at the center, though rescuers called in bird experts to investigate their living conditions.
According to International Primates Rescue (IPR) founder Sue Mousley, visitors have made several complaints about the animals’ living conditions. Because the garden center repeatedly failed to comply with the group’s demands to improve the space, a court order was obtained allowing the group to remove the animals form the premises.
The animals rescued suffered dehydration as well as severe malnutrition made evident by protruding bones. They were found in small, filthy cages without proper access to food and water. Many suffered from rickets, a condition brought on by deficiencies of calcium and vitamin D and resulting in muscle and bone weakness as well as physical deformity.
The animals have been transported to an IPR care facility and will be nursed back to health in upcoming weeks. Some of them may be left with permanent disabilities due to the severe neglect they faced. Without the help of rescuers, it is likely that many would have died. Sign the petition below to applaud IPR’s persistence in the rescue of 49 monkeys from a garden center zoo.
Dear Ms. Mousley,
Nearly 50 primates and three tortoises were recently rescued from the abhorrent conditions they were being kept in as attractions to a garden center. The animals were kept in filthy enclosures with inadequate access to food and water — conditions that have garnered several complaints against the facility. Upon rescue, many of the animals were found to be dehydrated and malnourished. Some even suffered from rickets as a direct result of nutritional deficiencies.
The monkeys, which were transported to an IPR care facility, will need several weeks to recover from this cruelty. Some may suffer illness or even deformity for the rest of their lives. Without your help, it is likely that many of these animals would not have survived much longer. We, the undersigned, thank you for your tenacious and timely actions to rescue these animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Michelle Rebak