Wales ape and Monkey Sanctuary has provided a home for a number of monkeys from Beirut.
On July 25, 2006, one of BETA's co-founders and a volunteer managed to get inside
the southern suburbs of Beirut – the WAR ZONE –. They risked their lives to visit
a small zoo where the animals had suffered the trauma and horror of the bombing and
rocket attacks.The owner of the zoo was clearly unable to continue caring for the
animals and gave permission for their rescue and transportation to a safer place.
Some of the workers at this zoo were amazingly brave and kind people who had stayed
at the premises for the sake of feeding the animals and had suffered with them.
The zoo was home to a camel, a donkey, goats, rabbits, an owl, eagles and other exotic
birds, a lot of chickens, an alligator and five monkeys. The zoo was also besieged
by hungry and terrified cats and kittens. Finding a suitable home for the monkeys
was going to be the hardest part of the rescue operation as they really needed more
specialised food and care.
The monkeys included one baby male baboon, one female macaque and a family of 3 vervets
(A mother and two babies).Due to the lack of time -as attacks were likely to start
at any second in the area- the team managed to rescue the baboon, the macaque and
The following day a team from Beta volunteered to go back to the scene with more
equipment to rescue as many animals as possible.Local people were asked to find
temporary boarding for the farm animals and the chickens and Beta contacted us at
Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary to see if we could take the monkeys, some of which are
The Tragedy of Beirut
Our friends at BETA in Beirut are trying to recover from the devastating events of
the past few years. Bombs and rockets exploded within a few hundred metres of their
sanctuary and many of the 130 dogs and 100 cats were traumatised. They are still
carrying on their good work however rescuing animals in need.
Graham Garen the co-proprietor of Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary flew out to Beirut
in October to establish the situation but he had to return frustrated and empty handed
because of the chaos which still prevailed. He found the animals still confined as
you see them above.
Thanks to the generosity and concern of Care for the Wild International who unhesitatingly
stepped forward and advanced £2000, and allocated a second similar amount, Graham
was able to fly back to Beirut in November to build transportation cages and arrange
flights and handling facilities for the animals.
IPPL (International Primate Protection League) in the USA also sent a £1500 contribution
and AAP Sanctuary in Holland agreed to pay the cost of the flights, which amounted
In addition The Pettifer Trust sent £ 500 and PETA sent £400 and with contributions
from the public the rescue was made possible. Seven monkeys including baboons, vervets
and a macaque left Beirut by air on the morning of Sunday 26th of November and arrived
at Heathrow to be met by Graham and staff from Care of The Wild International at
the Animal Reception Centre .
In the meantime quarantine quarters were being completed (see pictures below) at
Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary for the arrival of the animals and by working round
the clock we were able to accommodate them as they arrived from journey from Heathrow
Our heart-felt thanks go out to all those who have helped release these poor animals
from a life of hell.
We are constantly being contacted to help animals in need, but as you can imagine,
the costs can be very significant, especially when the continuing after-care is considered.
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