Eight monkeys rescued from a Portuguese zoo which closed 12 years ago, have secured a place in a primate sanctuary in the Swansea valley.
The baboons have been held in a temporary enclosure for 12 years
The Olive Baboons and Green Monkey have been kept in a temporary enclosure in Portugal since the zoo closed.
But the conditions are not ideal for the primates and exotic animal specialist Peter Heathcote from Newport is working to bring them to the UK.
He is trying to raise money for a new enclosure to be built for the monkeys.
"The sooner we can get the money, the sooner we can build the enclosure and get them into much better conditions," he explained.
He said that the primates are currently in an enclosure which is cramped and does not offer them enough stimulation.
Some of the primates are suffering from pressure sores because the flooring of the enclosure is not suitable for them.
The enclosure where the baboons are currently kept in Portugal
"The enclosure has a concrete base and it is very small. It is amazing they have survived as long as they have.
"It is very distressing to see them and we are desperate to get them better conditions to live in," said Mr Heathcote, who is a member of the Exotic Animal Welfare Trust.
Mr Heathcote, approached the Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary in the upper Swansea valley about taking in the primates.
The owners of the sanctuary, which already has more than 50 rescued primates, agreed to take in the seven baboons and the green monkey, but a new enclosure has to be built before they can bring them over from Portugal.
Jan Garen, who runs the sanctuary in Caehopkin, near Ystradgynlais, with her husband Graham, must now raise the money for the enclosure.
A Green Monkey is among the group being brought from Portugal
"Because they are coming from abroad, they have to be put into quarantine, so we want to build a new enclosure which can be used to hold them for the quarantine period and which they can live in afterwards," she said.
"They need indoor quarters which will be centrally heated and they need an outside area too.
"As soon as we saw the pictures of the conditions they are in at the moment we wanted to help, it was quite shocking really."