The Israeli Primate Sanctuary Foundation (IPSF) is a refuge for non-human primates confiscated from the illegal pet trade, retired from animal experimentation, and seized from petting/roadside zoos. Currently home to 880 primates of 20 different species including macaques, baboon, marmoset, capuchin, lemur and more, IPSF provides rescued primates with physical and psychological rehabilitation through an enriched environment, social housing, corrected nutrition, and superior veterinary care. IPSF specifically focuses on helping monkeys regain their social skills so that they may rejoin monkeys of the same species. Living in social groups is essential to the well-being of every primate.
The Israeli Primate Sanctuary Foundation (IPSF) funds the majority of its activity through the sale of educational tours to schools and on the general public. With the shutdown, imposed by the government in March 2020, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, their main source of income ceased overnight. Support from the Scheinberg Relief Fund was provided to cover the shortfall in the sanctuary’s operating costs for 10 months (May 2020-March 2021), ensuring that the IPSF could continue to provide the best care to the monkeys in their care and continue to be able to offer new monkeys a haven. Funding also facilitated the timely repair of three monkey enclosures (destroyed by a devastating storm on 12 March 2020, the construction of an urgently needed new baboon enclosure and the repair of their broken water pump.