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The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) consisting of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary are the current winners of the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'; Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction; winner of the 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' and overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
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To Swerve Or Not To Swerve?

Every year, thousands of animals, including birds and reptiles are killed on South Africa's notoriously dangerous roads due to vehicle collision with animals. Colliding with wildlife is likely to cause significant harm to the driver, passengers, animals and the vehicle,yet evidence from a recent Endangered Wildlife Trust(EWT)study reveals that some drivers may in fact deliberately swerve to hit the animals. 
Roadkill research undertaken by the EWT in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA), northern Limpopo, found evidence that a number of species are deliberately killed on the roads (including snakes and Black-backed Jackal). A preliminary study in the GMTFCA, using fake animals (chameleon, snake and grasshopper), also showed that two out of 50 drivers deliberately swerved to ‘squash’ the fake chameleon. 

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Cruelty Uncovered At A Korean ‘monkey School’

caged in Korea at a Monkey School

An investigation by ADI into the Korean Monkey School - which forces monkeys to perform in degrading shows - revealed shocking conditions behind the scenes and cruelty to the animals during training. This video shows the suffering you don't see when you visit an animal show. 

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Animals in entertainment. It's no fun for the animals. 

Animal Defenders International 

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Adi Uncovers Cruelty At Korean ‘monkey School’

Primate abuse in Korea

An investigation by ADI into a Korean “attraction” that forces monkeys to perform in degrading shows has revealed shocking conditions behind the scenes.
At the Monkey School, which is located in Gamgyori in South Korea, ADI found:
To make the monkeys walk on their hind legs, their hands are tied behind their backs - in the secretly filmed ADI video workers laugh as a terrified monkey repeatedly falls on his face
Monkeys kept in squalid and barren conditions, including mothers and their young babies
Traumatised animals exhibiting abnormal behaviour, such as constantly spinning around and biting themselves
Animals hit during training and dragged along the floor
Monkeys isolated in tiny cages
These disturbing findings highlight a life of extreme neglect and cruelty for these intelligent and sensitive animals – an all too common occurrence for performing animals which ADI has revealed time and again, suffer terribly behind the scenes.
On seeing the footage, Sharon Shaw, Director of Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary in the UK said: “All aspects of life for primates at Monkey School are appalling, from the inadequate and atrocious housing conditions, the physical and psychological torture, to the lack of empathy and respect shown by the staff. The poor animals who are unlucky enough to live there endure a barbaric, unnatural life.”
During the public shows, monkeys are made to wear clothes, ride around on a motorbike, do handstands, jump through hoops and respond to commands as directed.
It is shameful that these intelligent, social and emotional primates are terrorised and forced to undertake such degrading tricks – especially in light of modern understanding of primates and their use of tools, language and self-awareness – abilities which, at one time, were considered to be unique to humans. This also sends the worst possible message to children about respect for the other intelligent species that share our planet and how we should treat, and protect, animals.
The terrible suffering of the animals at Monkey School – and establishments like them – must stop.
ADI is working with our campaign partner Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) to encourage the Government and people of Korea to reject the cruel and unnecessary use of animals in entertainment.
We are supporting new legislation, the ‘Zoo Act’, proposed by Congresswoman Chang which, if passed, would ban animal performances and set minimum welfare standards and inspections for places that exhibit captive animals.
Highlighting the need for the legislation, Congresswoman Hanna Chang: “As seen in the ADI footage, it is hard to imagine the pain that monkeys have to go through for humans every day. This clearly shows that it is now time to have regulations to monitor the welfare of animals in captivity in Korea.”
Congresswoman Chang’s proposal has strong support from animal protection organizations. ADI and KARA have joined over 80 national and international groups in sending a joint letter to the Government stating support for the draft law.
It is time to end the exploitation of, and brutality towards, animals used for entertainment.
Help us campaign to end animal shows in Korea, and around the world.
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Meet The Famous Monkeyland Baboons And Horses

The famous Monkeyland Horses and wild Baboons

IT might have started out as just a little bit of monkeying around, but the antics of a troop of baboons and a rather bemused horse are making waves in Plettenberg Bay.

When a female member of the troop, perhaps tired of travelling on foot, decided to hitch a horseback ride, staff at Monkeyland watched in delight.

Members of her troop have now followed suit and film-makers and photographers are flocking to the popular Garden Route getaway to snap the rare phenomenon.

Monkeyland marketing manager Lara Mostert said it was a couple of years ago that a lone baboon was spotted riding horse Jericho, but it was only in June this year that the first photograph was snapped.

“A couple of years ago we noticed that a female baboon would climb onto a horse but no one ever had a camera handy,” she said

Sanctuary volunteer Claire Hamilton snagged the first shot in June. Then, to her amazement, other members of the troop starting joining in.

“I see the baboons and horses every day and the first time I saw the female on Jericho I couldn’t believe it. I rushed home and got my camera and they were still there when I got back.”

Then, last month, Hamilton saw about seven baboons playing on Jericho’s back – and again raced for her camera.

“There are two other horses living with Jericho but they are not having it. The baboons are a little nervous of the two females.”

The female baboon who started all the fun is “obsessed with Jericho,” Hamilton said, and she follows the horse around the field and lies on his back, sometimes somersaulting off.

Mostert said it is predominantly the “tween” baboons who have taken to the bareback escapades.

News of the strange sight soon spread and Beyond Borders film school student Rebecca Ziegler captured video footage that was uploaded to YouTube earlier this week.

Beyond Borders CEO Sebastien Rombi said, “As part of our course we offer students the chance to film something local so Rebecca, who is from the US, chose the horse and baboons. It really is quite unique.”

Peter Lamberti, CEO of Aquavision TV Productions in Johannesburg, will arrive at Monkeyland at the end of the month to film at the sanctuary, Mostert said.

“Peter is not necessarily filming the horses and baboons – they simply triggered his interest. He is coming to have a look at Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani to see what type of stories he could film here.” 

Source: Angela Daniels

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At Monkeyland In South Africa Horse And Baboons Are Friends

unlikely best friends

At first glance you would think this pair were the best of friends.
But this baboon hitched an uninvited lift on the back of Jericho the horse.
They were caught lazing in the sun together at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden animal sanctuary in the Western Cape of South Africa.
Sanctuary worker Claire Hamilton, 55, said the baboons are a wild troop who have roamed the area for 26 years – but are usually shy around humans and horses.
‘Jericho used to belong to the villagers but he’s now allowed to roam the fields at the sanctuary with two others.
‘He’s very used to the baboons and he often grazes with them,’ she added.
Sourced from METRO

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