Vervet Monkey Foundation (VMF)

PO Box 415
0850 Tzaneen

Ansprechpartner: Dave Du Toit

+27 15 304 3484; +27 (0)83 4545 381
+27 (0)86 5113 426


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Über uns

The Vervet Monkey Foundation (VMF) is a non-profit organization established in 1993. Our centre is based in Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

We rehabilitate and provide sanctuary to over 700 vervet monkeys, orphaned, injured, abused, ex-laboratory or unwanted pets.

In addition to this we provide:
• A facility to research the life style and environment of this species.
• A program to rehabilitate orphaned and injured primates.
• A program to research the claims of damage and problems caused by vervet monkeys and offer possible solutions to co-existence.
• An education program to inform the public of the role that the vervet monkey plays in the eco-system.
• A sanctuary for primates unfortunate enough to be unreleasable but, manageable enough to be used for educational purposes.

The Vervet Monkey Foundation runs a unique volunteer program for people interested in caring for primates or who are planning on working with primates or animals as a career to get a hands on experience in all aspects of running a wildlife sanctuary, it is also an ideal place for zoology or anthropology students to research natural primate behaviour .

The Vervet Monkey Foundation became a member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) in 2006 and in May 2010 became GFAS Verified (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries). This verification status means that the Vervet Monkey Foundation meets the comprehensive definition of a true sanctuary, meets standards of excellence and provides humane and responsible care of the animals in accordance with GFAS guidelines.

Whether in a gap year, looking for work experience or wanting to study primates in Africa the Vervet Monkey Foundation can use your time and skills giving you the once in a lifetime opportunity of working close to these amazing indigenous primates

Launched in 2004 by the VMF, The Vervet Forest campaign aims to protect, reclaim and restore degraded or damaged habitat through the acquisition of land for the release of rehabilitated vervet monkey troops.

In 2009, The Vervet Monkey Foundation commenced a programme of vasectomies for all viable males on the foundation. This programme was completed towards the end of 2010 and the foundation is now considered to be a "non-breeding centre", in accordance with guidelines laid down by the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance.

Dave Du Toit is the Director and Co-Founder of the Vervet Monkey Foundation.

For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.