When I boarded my plane home at the beginning of the year, I left Peru feeling very conflicted. Transitioning back to reality was tough and I thought about the island all day, wanting absolutely nothing more but to return to my monkey family.
On our last day in Peru, we took a quick trip across the river to buy bananas and it started to rain. As we began heading home, we noticed a beautiful rainbow stretched over the island, making it appear even more magical.
It was a very special goodbye present.
The coolest thing about this trip has been seeing the first hand reaction to the website that I built for the island. Before, the only people who visited were from tour groups, as there were no instructions on how to get here by yourself.
After witnessing Neeko’s strange attachment to the dirty old shirt hanging in the kitchen, our biggest goal this trip has been to work with Neeko and get him playing and acting like a normal monkey of his age.
For the first few days after arriving on the island, we noticed Carina didn’t venture off much or play with the other monkeys. She sat on the roof of the house looking in everyday,waiting for you to come outside.
On Monday at 11:59am Melusca came over to sit under the house and we noticed Carlos was busy running around, surrounding the premises while keeping the other monkeys at a distance. We soon realized that she was in the process of giving birth, but the baby didn’t look healthy.
After leaving La Isla De Los Monos in January, we continued working with the project from home.
The night before we arrived in Iquitos, Flaca gave birth to her baby! For the first few days after it was born, we were unable to get close enough to see it because Martin (the father) has been doing a great job protecting her.
Carina is the island’s newest rescue and she has an amazing donation story! For the first two years of her life she lived with a family in Iquitos as an illegal pet, tied up at her waist.
When I boarded my plane home in January, I knew that I was leaving the island as I knew it at that moment, forever. Fast forward three short months and already so much has changed. The babies we helped raise are completely different monkeys now.