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Dispatches from Uganda – Rescuing Patas Monkeys

6th November 2014

School of Croc in Uganda

Safari Pete is a handful. He literally bounces around in meetings, with new ideas every 3.8 seconds and plans that seem to haunt him in his downtime. At the table, he doesn’t have a seat- he never sits down.

Pair him with an animal and there’s an instant change. They seem to mutually quiet each other. Whether a lion or a python, he has a sudden delicate humour and what can only be described as grace. He knows their particularities, preferences and posturing. He can explain their anatomy and the biological aspects of their behaviour.

Back in the office his intensity level rises; there is a constant flurry as moods pass over him like thunderstorms- you learn to leave him to it. Wrestling with new ideas he talks about every aspect of the project; he doesn’t rest.

“If we teach people to be kind to animals, it may somehow help with the way that we treat other human beings,” he explains quietly.

Today we are allowed to be present for a routine check on a Patas monkey. Never before have children gained entrance into a hospital procedure. They seem to be aware of how unusual this is. Each child is sanitised twice and masked. Once Doreen, the monkey, was sedated and settled, the children were led into the room one by one.

The vet explained the nature of the procedure. This monkey was rescued from a brewery where she was being mistreated. She received several health checks in order to determine that she was healthy enough to join the other monkeys. All prior checks were successful; this was the last.

Children were mostly witnesses, but some were allowed to listen to her heart and one, Edward, was permitted to feel for the monkey’s pulse.

The children, so recently surgically treated themselves, were solemn in the operating room. They seemed to understand the monkey’s vulnerability. They gently touched her as directed with sensitivity and maturity.

What was given to them was an unprecedented look into a world children don’t otherwise get to see. And yet who better than a child who has been equally vulnerable, in a world with drastically varied odds that aren’t always in their favour.

By pairing them together Pete provides them with not just an opportunity, but with the credit they are due.

Keep up with Melissa and Ralph’s adventures by following our Instagram account. 

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