Monkey house nearly ready thanks to you

Exotic Pet Refuge open day
Exotic Pet Refuge open day

There’s been no time for monkeying around at an Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James.

The charity is just weeks away from completing a new monkey house – and it’s all down to you.

In July, the Spalding Guardian appealed for volunteers to help the exotic pet refuge meet a funding deadline set by the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust for completion of the project.

Copies of the Guardian had only just gone on sale when owner Pam Mansfield received a call from the refuge saying 10 tons of hardcore had been delivered free of charge by the Cemex Manor Pit Quarry in Baston, which would enable the cage currently around the old new monkey house to be moved.

Since then Cemex has also provided the cement mix needed to complete flooring and a carpenter who answered the appeal for help has been busy helping finish the inside with Pam’s son, Darren, and has also put shelving in the new gift shop.

Pam said: “We are so grateful to them. They have worked so hard to get this finished and now it will be before the winter.

“We are also planning to renovate the old monkey house because we have lots of monkeys.

“We’ve capuchin, vervets, limas, marmosets, including two baby ones, plus five spider monkeys.

“It’s getting chilly already at night and we’ve had 1,000 litres of heating oil delivered to keep them warm.”

New volunteers are always welcome. Pam said: “Any help to get this finished would be brilliant.

“We have some breeze blocks to put down so someone with building experience would be useful and we need anyone who could help us make some pens.

“We have all the stuff so we just need anyone who can help.”

If you would like to be a volunteer, call 01778 345923 or email exoticpetrefuge@aol.com