It’s World Cup time, baby!
Despite the fact that most people focus on the games themselves (I’m rooting for the Dutch, myself), I’d like to bring focus to something more primate-oriented in South Africa–the International Primate Rescue. The International Primate Rescue (IPR) is an organization based out of South Africa is a sanctuary that accepts any sort of primate from international sources. Their first primate rescued was a common marmoset named “Cheeky,” and its gone from there.
What I think is great (and extremely clever, at that!) is that this organization has managed to tap into the inevitable economic situation to come from the World Cup. Because there is a housing shortage in South Africa, the IPR is £25 with meals and board for any one interested–but this cheap rate also comes with volunteering at the sanctuary as well. This is genius not just because of tapping into the economics of the international sports extravaganza, but also because it exposes potential takers to the importance (and fun, and awesome-ness, and cute, and badassery, and etc., etc.) of primates. I want to believe that people that have the opportunity and take the IPR up on their offer get their money’s worth in funding, but also in learning and contributing to nature and the significance of conservation efforts like sanctuaries–and not to mention, why having a monkey as a pet would be a terrible idea. (Personally, after working with rhesus macaques, I could never fathom the idea of owning a monkey unless I could keep it outside for the majority of the time.)
But there’s other ways that primates have gotten involved with the World Cup as well. It turns out, orangutans make great referees!