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Looe monkey sanctuary hopes for a better 2013

By CG_News  |  Posted: January 07, 2013

Looe monkey sanctuary

Looe monkey sanctuary

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Animal welfare and conservation charity Wild Futures said it's determined to get back on track after a difficult year.

The organisation, which runs The Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, has launched an emergency winter appeal to help raise funds to repair flood damage and make-up for poor visitor numbers over the summer months.

In November the Sanctuary was hit by a storm which caused considerable damage.

Education officer Claire Turnbull said water came gushing into the building, leaked through the floor and ceiling into the education office below.

"I cannot believe the destruction it has caused. It's just terrible," Mrs Turnbull said.

"Our education resources are vital for the work that we do in educating local schools, colleges and universities on conservation and primate welfare. Not to mention the computers – we cannot function without them."

She added: "The weather has really affected us in many ways this year – our visitor numbers were down due to the wet summer. There is nothing in the budget to repair this kind of damage and destruction."

The bad weather over the summer months caused a drastic reduction in the number of visitors to the project. The number of people coming through its doors was down by 5, 000, equating to income in the region of £60, 000.

During the November storm the Sanctuary's youngest monkey Pepper, a ten-month-old capuchin, also passed away. Tests showed that young Pepper died from tetanus, which is likely to have been caused by the floods.

"The financial difficulty and recent destructive events caused by the weather, plus the added costs of medical attention and tests for Pepper, means that fundraising is more vital than ever," a representative from the organisation said.

"If we do not raise the gap in income, then severe cuts are going to have to be made to our charity. We cannot let this happen – there is still so much work to do to protect precious primates. More monkeys need rescuing, legislation needs to change and primates need protection in the wild."

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