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.
Of course the first stop we made was the ice cream store to order the biggest bowl of Aguaje and Passion Fruit ice cream we could find.
Flying into the Amazon from Panama gave us a completely different (but just as breathtaking) view of the jungle, compared to when we came in from Lima. I don’t think seeing the river from the air will ever get old.
3 months without monkeys is a little too long for me at this point in my life so Shannon and I have decided its time to venture back our little island in the Amazon.
When I was in first grade, I learned about the Amazon rainforest. Like most 6 year olds, I could not fully understand the complexity of such a place but for some reason I was able to grasp just how powerful this special area of the world was. The vision of dense canopies, wildlife I never [...]