Adopt a Baby

Helping Hands 4 Wildlife is a non-profit organization and every year we take care of numerous vervet monkeys coming in as abandoned babies or being ex-pets and occasional injury due to human contact.  Our aim is to rehabilitate them and get them back into their natural environment.  We introduce and form troops in order to form the monkey social structures.

Adopting a monkey contributes considerably in the helping of feed and any extra care they may need which comes at astronomical costs.

You will be provided with updates on how your monkey is doing and growing with the improved lifestyle to where we release them back into the wild.  The journey from baby to release can take up to 5 years and can be long and tedious for the poor baby.


Was brought in as a baby for unknown reasons Approximately 7 months old Has integrated into the Nursery very well.

Mr Hlope

AKA – Crysto, was brought to the rehab in 2016 as a baby Approximately 6 years old Will not be able to be released into the wild as socially not accepted into any troop


Willy’s Story is truly heart-breaking. He was kept as a pet since he was a baby. When his owners moved out of their house, they simply left him behind. He’s about 1 1/2 years old. The new owners of the house luckily contacted us. He was introduced to Jack in a cage separate from any troop. The two boys easily got along and together were moved to the baby’s cage were they both integrated well. Willie is very playful even though he can be a little rough. He’s learning all the monkey behaviour and curiously watches everything that is happening around him. In the future him or Jack might become the alpha of their troop even though right now he doesn’t show any interest and just wants to play. He is one of the most playful of them all actually and loves to come for sneak attacks. He is quite rough though even with the babies so they sometimes get scared of him, but he will learn how to play with each of them. Jack and he love chasing each other through the cage.


Brought in as a baby for unknown reasons Approximately 8 months old Has integrated into the nursery very well


He was the latest baby to arrive in July. The spca removed him from a home in Belfast and contacted us. He came in on the 11th of July where he stayed in quarantine and when we moved Margaux in by him to see if she would stand in as a surrogate for him and it was a great success. We then introduced the two of them to the rest of the babies troop. Matumi is very happy with his new mommy and getting used to having the other babies around and starting to play with them but always making sure Margaux is not out of reach or sight. He’s getting braver everyday and his future in the troop is looking very good. He is one of the youngest of them so he still has a lot of learning from the others to do.


Vito “The Real Italian”  is one of last years babies. Vito has a real charisma and a love for female attention.  When he was a baby he had a love for suckling on his brothers ears which taught the others to also suckle on ears.  Vito had an operation recently due to an abscess which formed on his ear and it looked like he played scrum in a rugby team.   He really has a character of note and is looking for an ever true human mom.


Jack was kept as a pet up until he was about 1 1/2 years old. The SPCA were contacted when his previous owners took him to get his teeth pulled and they confiscated him and brought him to us. He was kept in quarantine to eliminate any risk of diseases and after that started a long process of trying to introduce him to other monkeys. He was extremely attached to humans and struggling to interact with other monkeys. We introduced him to a variety of different monkey and also a troop that didn’t end up working. He’s now with the babies and seems to finally have found his place in that troop. He shows no signs of wanting to be alpha and seems quite scared of the bigger female but he is accepted in the troop and eats and plays and interacts with them normal. He loves to suck on his thumb and can often be seen sitting like that observing the rest of the troop. He’s very calm and loves to be groomed and to groom others. It will be a long process for him to loose all his pet behaviour but we are positive about his future. He loves playing with the other male his age Willie.

Sampie (nickname: chewy)

Sampie (nickname: chewy) and Siphos Story is very similar. They were both found abandoned by their troops on different farms. They were then each held as pets for around four months. Luckily their owners both decided to bring them to us to ensure they can have a proper monkey life. They arrived a few weeks apart from each other. Chewy joined us first. She immediately fell in love with the volunteers taking care of her but unfortunately was terrified of the other babies already with us. The first few weeks of introduction were hard and there seemed to be no hope for here adjusting to her new life. Things turned around when Sipho was brought to us. The two of them scared of the rest of the babies craziness enjoyed each other’s calm and soon were inseparable. After a long introduction process, they now are finally happy within their troop playing with everyone but they still often stick with each other.


Asjas was kept as a pet up until she was around two years old. This still has an effect on her even now a few years later. She is still very humanised and struggles to be integrated in any troop. The other monkeys don’t accept her and she will take any chance to get close to humans and seeks protection from them. After many attempts with different troops that all failed after a while we now have recently introduced her to the babies and she finally seems to have found her place in all the chaos. She has taken the role as not only alpha female but surrogate mother and has taken the babies under her wing. We will see how it progresses and if she is able to stay with this troop and end up being released with them which is what we are all hoping for. She is a very good example of why keeping primates as pets is very bad and actually harms them. She is suffering because she was kept by humans and now doesn’t know how to behave like a proper monkey. It is still not clear if she will ever get to be in the wild again because of this. But we are hopeful and won’t give up on her.
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