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.
Rescue and Rehabilitation
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.