A rehabilitation and release program for over 500 vervet monkeys.

The Vervet Monkey Foundation (VMF) is a non-profit organization established in 1993. The centre is based in Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. They rehabilitate and provide sanctuary to over 600 primates, orphaned, injured, abused, ex-laboratory or unwanted pets. Thanks to their work, there is much greater understanding of the vervet monkey now, and they are no longer classified as a “nuisance” animal in South Africa. Visit Website.

Species cared for:

Vervet Monkeys

Allows visitors:

Guided tours by appointment only

Accepts volunteers:



South Africa

Interested in Volunteering?


If you volunteer here, you’ll learn from experts, help hand-rear orphans in baby season, and watch them grow. As a volunteer, you’ll help with feeding the monkeys and caring for them in VMF’s sick bay. If you have the right skills – everything from painting to welding – you can help build new enclosures or set up firebreaks. There’s always a need for administrative help. Longer-term volunteers may help integrate monkeys into social groups. You’ll sleep in a wooden cabin and eat vegan meals. In the evening, you can spend quiet time getting to know the other volunteers. On your days off, you can explore nearby Kruger National Park, the Debengeni waterfalls, the Great Letaba River and beautiful tea gardens.

Want more information? Visit their website to learn more.

Support the Vervet Monkey Foundation

When you donate to the Vervet Monkey Foundation through PASA your gift goes directly to helping monkeys in South Africa.