So I got to South Africa on a Thursday. After a non-stressful picking up of the car and driving up to the Waterburg region I arrived at the Vervet Monkey Rehabitialtion and Wildlife Care Farm. I had forgotten how beautiful South Africa is.
Today started off with my 2 hour shift in with the pink faces (baby monkeys). This time is crazy funny as they are jumping around and going nuts, fighting and playing.
They then have breakfast around half 8. Exactly 30-40 minutes after they are like wee and poop machines and that is not my favourite part at all!! Today Millie, one of the babies peed on me from the top of the cage! Man I have no idea so much could come out of someone so little!
After a nice full English breakfast we have project to do. Today was enrichment, so I stuffed large pinecones with nuts, dried fruit, pap and leaves. I have no idea how hard pap can dry, it was like concrete. But wow the monkeys loved throwing them around and figuring out how to get goodies out. The Kindergarten troop or the hooligans as I call them, went totally crazy for them all they were falling over each other and fighting and casing each other around for them treats.
Everyday food is prepared and chopped for all the monkeys. A number of shops and farmers give the team free or cheap fruit, veggies and other food gifts. Today we have around 15 bags of carrots to wash. Now I am not talking about the small bags, I am talking about bags around 3 feet high! Oh wow some of them had totally gone off. I have realised today that I really really do not like gone off veg! Nevertheless, I helped clean the hundreds of carrots and out them into crates. I hope the monkeys appreciate my efforts!
The rest of the afternoon was spent mainly in the pickface room playing and cleaning up poop. It doesn’t sound great but playing with baby monkeys is totally cute and worth the poop cleaning. Philipa, one of the volunteer coordinators took us up the the koopie (hill or small mountain). A rather nice view and was so good to be getting some good exercise.