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Carers at the Monkey Sanctuary are proud to wear Dickies protective coveralls

Carers at the Monkey Sanctuary are proud to wear Dickies protective coveralls

Wild Futures' Monkey Santuary based in rural Cornwall, near LoeWhen the team at Global market leading workwear specialist, Dickies heard the stirring story of Joey, a blacked capped capuchin monkey, they immediately agreed to donate 30 robust, protective coveralls to be worn by the volunteers and staff at Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary, in Cornwall. This sanctuary is an active rescue centre for primates that have been mal-treated or abandoned.

In the cult series, Friends, a cute white-throated capuchin monkey played Ross's pet Marcel - a pampered primate getting up to all sorts of adorable antics - viewers were left with the idea that primates make good pets and are easy to look after.

But Joey’s experience tells a different story. Joey was snatched from the wild as a three-month old baby from Suriname in South America, brought to London and placed in a cage where he remained for nine years.

According to Sarah Hanson, Campaign Officer for Wilde Futures “Joey was found rocking backwards and forwards in his cage clutching a small blanket for comfort. He had been kept in the cage for 23 hours, visited for an hour a day for feeding and cage cleaning. His only friend was a large television, which was permanently left on for him. He had not been outside for 9 years and so developed severe metabolic bone disease caused by an insufficient diet and lack of vitamin D and was in constant pain.”

Incredibly there are some 5,000 primate pets in the UK and with no recognised care standards and sometimes these born-to-be-free pets end up in dire straits. Wild Futures who campaign for an end to the primate pet trade, offer a safe haven and rehabilitation in the wide open spaces at the Monkey Sanctuary charity located on the coast in Looe, Cornwall. Joey is now flourishing there.

The sanctuary, which has 30,000 visitors each year, survives on funding and the help of 30 dedicated volunteer monkey carers. They spend each morning sweeping, scrubbing and cleaning the monkey enclosures, inside and out, in order to maintain a high level of cleanliness for the 38 monkeys they care for.

Image from a recent photoshoot at the SanctuaryThe carers too need to be kept safe by wearing protective equipment and workwear and so they were particularly delighted when 30 Dickies high quality protective coveralls arrived.

“Having this generous donation from Dickies” said Sarah “enabled our team to look professional and presentable as well as safe and practical. We are hugely grateful to Dickies as their donation removed the added expense of providing the correct work wear, so the money could go directly towards the charity’s work”

Roger Smith Marketing Manager at Dickies said “We applaud the work of Wild Futures and are delighted to contribute to their cause and the rehabilitation and welfare of their primates while keeping the volunteers safe.”