Martin is the oldest monkey on the island at a whopping 5 years old. He is the alpha male and kind of a pimp. He has children with 3 of the other monkeys here.
None of the other monkeys mess with Martin. If he wants your fruit, you hand it over.
On Saturday I got to check “bottle feed a baby manatee” off of my bucket list!
We headed into Iquitos for the night to catch up on emails, and sleep without a mosquito net.
Veronica is a six month old Woolly monkey who was born on the island in July 2012. She is very shy and since her mom is still alive (unlike the other babies here), she doesn’t need people so she stays away from us.
Benjamin is Antony’s best friend. They grew up on the island together and are around the same age (3 years old). Even though they are different species, there is no diversity in their eyes. The spend all day rolling around in the dirt, playing and chasing each other.
Earlier in the week, we noticed a chicken locked up in a coop which is unusual since all of the chickens run free on the island. This upset us, as we thought they were going to kill the chicken for food or send her to the market.
“Go through these and pick out the bad ones!” Gilberto says pointing to a pile of about 5,000 beans.
These days we are amazing bean sorters.
Theresa and Dallas are two of the 6 Red Uakaris on the island. They are the only species that have to live in cages because of their aggressive behavior toward other monkeys, and each other. Our cottage over looks the Red Uakari’s cage, so naturally we have become best friends.