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.
Carlos is a little rough around the edges. He can be sweet, often taking your hand in his and playing with your fingers, but he mostly just wants to pull hair. As soon as you let your guard down, Carlos will leap toward your head and pull your hair with both of his fists..
Sueca and Perla are the island’s two howler monkeys. Sueca was brought to the island when she was a baby, with a broken tail, wrist and three worms in her neck. She had to spend two weeks in the hospital.
One of our least favorite volunteer tasks on La Isla De Los Monos is raking leaves (they call it sweeping). When Davidson first explained the task, we thought he was kidding. Sweep the jungle floor? Funny.
Turns out he wasn’t kidding.
We first met Anita in the kitchen, face planted in a bowl of soup.
Anita loves food and a result, she’s a little chubby. She doesn’t have many friends on the island and prefers to play alone.
When the sun starts to make its descent in the Amazon, hundreds of dragonflies begin to dance. With a swirled, periwinkle and tangerine sky as their backdrop, they sway back and forth giving their last adieus to the setting sun.
Last night was special.