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 funds the majority of its activity through educational tours for schools and adults. With the shutdown, imposed by the government due to the COVID-19 pandemic, their main source of income ceased overnight. Support from the Scheinberg Relief Fund has ensured that the IPSF can continue to provide the best care to the monkeys in the sanctuary and continue to be able to offer new monkeys a safe haven. Funding has also ensured that the three monkey enclosures that were destroyed by a devastating storm on 12 March 2020 could be repaired in a timely manner and their residents returned safely to their homes.