Project information

Rescuing primates from the UK primate pet trade

The UK primate pet trade causes physical and psychological suffering. Wild Futures' vital work protects and gives sanctuary for animals in desperate need. Our reputation for welfare is recognised worldwide. Funds are needed for food, veterinary care for victims, plus education to prevent suffering.

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Wild Futures

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  • Need


    Demand for primates as pets is high due to lack of legal protection and poor understanding of the behavioural and physical needs of primates. Victims of the primate pet trade are not being rescued due to a lack of space and resources in sanctuaries.


    Provide education programmes and information about the needs of primates and the welfare issues of the pet trade to reduce demand. A new facility for rescued marmoset monkeys is being built. Funds for veterinary care and food for rescued primates will ensure they are not turned away or sold back into the pet trade.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Educate stakeholders about the keeping and care of primates as pets.


    » Provide workshops and seminars for universities, animal care colleges, vets and local authorities.

    Success will be 300 students and stakeholders attending the workshops and seminars.

    Aim 2

    To create capacity to rescue primates from the UK pet trade.


    » Provide veterinary care and a quality diet for rescued primates.

    Demonstrating increased capacity to rescue primates, providing full veterinary screening for new arrivals and provide an appropriate diet.

  • Impact


    A reduction in demand for primates as pets with increased legal protection. This will be demonstrated by a reduction of primates advertised for sale, reduction in demand on sanctuaries with increased welfare for those rescued from the trade.


    There is a risk that we cannot attract sufficient interest in the educational work. However we have long standing relationships with various further education establishments who are requesting the workshops and seminars.
    Also that we over-reach our capacity by accepting too many animals. We have a written intake policy to mitigate against this.


    Donors to this project will receive monthly enews reports on the charity’s work, with updates on social media and via our bi-annual newsletter

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Education Fund expert speakers, time and travel for 4 workshops and seminars
      £8,000 Healthcare Budget for veterinary care
      £4,000 Diet Budget for marmoset food
  • Background


    The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary is located near Looe in Cornwall. It was established over 50 years ago and attracts 30,000 visitors a year, thus providing an important contribution to the local economy. The sanctuary provides refuge for monkeys, educational facilities for schools and colleges and the general public. The grounds are managed for native wildlife.


    Attendees of the workshops and seminars will have access to specialised information and education not available in general curricula. Primate victims of the pet trade will have the opportunity for lifetime care.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The sanctuary is uniquely accredited in Europe by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries for its high welfare and educational standards. The charity is highly experienced and has a worldwide reputation for this work, working regularly with educational establishments, providing courses, advising other welfare organisations and local and national government on primate welfare issues.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Hevesi

    33 years’ experience in this field. She is a board member of the European Alliance of Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries and of the PSGB

    Tania El Dik

    Head of primate care team at the Sanctuary.


will pay for 6 weeks of nutritious food for a rescued and malnourished monkey

"We are meant to be a nation of animal lovers, so why the trade in a wild, social animal with complex needs is still legal, continues to astound me.”

Stephen Fry