Name : Monika Graber
From 01.11.2014 - 18.04.2015
Project : Vervet Monkey Care, Rehabilitation and Release Project in South Africa http://www.travellersworldwide.com/08c-south-africa/08-sa-monkey-rehab-watch.htm
“I had an amazing and wonderful time, raising orphaned baby Vervet monkeys in Vryheid.
After a warm welcome from Bruce and Sandi, the owners of the centre who both have devoted all their time to the Vervet monkeys, I got introduced to the first baby 'Tjokker' .
Five more followed over the time. It is so rewarding to see them playing, growing to happy little monkeys and finally getting integrated into the troop. I washed and fed them, played with them and enjoyed it when they were sleeping in my arms.
There was always something going on from early in the morning until they were put to sleep. I got really attached to them and learned a lot from the monkeys and about the monkeys and their behaviour, I almost became a monkey too!
I also had the opportunity to watch two troops being released back into the wild and went twice to the site to help feeding them.
I am very grateful for the time I could spend there and being a part of the monkey family”