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Mammals El Ceibal  colombia  (2) Red Howler Monkey
Red Howler Monkey (Alouatta seniculus)
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Rescuing rare red howler monkeys
Red Howler Monkeys are the most trafficked animal in Colombia; the parents are often killed so that the poachers can sell on the cute babies into the illegal pet trade. To combat this, environmental authorities have dramatically increased their confiscations of wildlife, but there is no national plan to rehabilitate and reintroduce them into the wild. As a result, zoos have become holding stations.

People who have made a living trading in these animals need to be found an alternative source of income. Ecosantafe was set up in 1999 to organise these activities. One of the main problems the project faces is the selling and destruction of the land used as release areas for rehabilitated howler monkeys. The team are constantly looking for permanent land that can be managed and protected, in which to base and expand the project.

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Community Engagement

Since 2007 we have funded an annual Red Howler Monkey festival, bringing together local communities, for a day of music, fun and games, to promote environmental conservation and create positive attitudes towards howler monkeys. The project also works with poor, rural communities by providing them with a means of earning an alternative income, by making stuffed toys. These can be bought in our gift shop.


Rescue and Rehabilitation

The funding we supply to this charity covers the cost of running a Howler money rescue centre – this includes the cost of the animal food, supplements, vitamins, and medicines, as well as the maintenance of the enclosures and enrichment facilities.

The centre receives more than 50 red howler monkeys per year, most of which are babies, which have either been voluntarily handed over, or confiscated from poachers. The rehabilitation process normally takes approximately 3 years, from initial care in the nursery area, to an outdoor enclosure where they learn to be more independent and adapt to a natural rainforest lifestyle, before eventually being released into the wild. The scientists will then stay out in the forest monitoring the monkey for about a week afterwards to make sure it is demonstrating adequate survival skills.

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