Spider monkeys successfully released into the wild in Peru
“It’s great to see that these animals have re-integrated into their natural habitat” says Stuart Timson, Conservation Director at Projects Abroad. The eight monkeys were the fourth group of these primates to be released in the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, situated in the Peruvian Amazon, since the project began in 2010.
This group of conservationists have been working hard to reintroduce the locally extinct species into the wild. With increasing habitat loss, a long gestation and rearing period and a worrying number being captured for pets, their numbers have been rapidly depleting.
“The standard for measuring the success of reintroduction is how closely their behaviour mimics those of wild spider monkeys,” says Stuart. “The fact that this particular group has reunited with a previous group that has produced two babies in the wild is a great indicator of their adaption to life in the wild.”
Projects Abroad’s reintroduction and rehabilitation project is the only spider monkey release programme in the country that is recognised by the Peruvian government. The Peru Conservation Project seeks to reverse the damage done in the Amazon through maintaining ecological processes, preserving biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of resources.
Find out more about the Conservation Project here.