White Capuchin monkey,
he arrived at the refuge in November 2005 aged 10 years.
He is a big male and very friendly.
He protects the weaker animals – irrespective which species they are.
In the photo he is carrying a Brown Mantled Tamarin.
This White Capuchin monkey is a female originating from the Waorani territories.
Her name means ‘star’.
Before she arrived at the refuge she was living in an apartment in the city.
She arrived in December 2005.
She is very lively and is and expert at opening doors!
She has lived with us since January 2007.
Like all the animals which live in the refuge, Patti is an orphan. The meat of the Woolly monkey is the most sought after by hunters. It is not important to the hunters if the females have young: they will be sold. Few of the orphans survive: many are killed with the same bullets that killed their mothers, others are fall to the ground with the body of their mother; others finish their lives in the oblivion of the hiding places in which they are transported for trafficking; others of malnutrition.
Those that survive will be sold in cities in the Sierra as pets, to zoos, to laboratories or exported.
For these reasons this species is in great danger of extinction. However, they are very sociable and affectionate animals
A splendid spider monkey (Aleles belzebuth), who is 3 years old.
She was living in the city and was well cared for but because there was nowhere for her to go outside, her owners decided to bring her to our refuge in February 2007.
This species is in danger of extinction, due to hunting and a very slow cycle of reproduction – the maximum number of offspring in a lifetime is only 6.
Pancho is a monkey of the same species but has not had the same luck as Lisa:
He was captured only a few days after he was born.
He was kept in a tiny cage and was not able to stand up or move around.
They did not feed him and twice he managed to escape his cage to eat.
The first time he burned his hand in a hot pan. The second time they hit him with a stick so that he wouldn’t go near the kitchen, but sadly he lost an eye because of this.
For one year we insisted that his owners brought him to the centre. Atrophied and with serious physiological injuries, it took four months of physiotherapy to walk again and to be able to go outside to play with his new friends.