Capuchin monkeys need more space
As our rescue efforts have grown, we have received more Capuchin monkeys than we currently have adequate space for. Toutie, Poncho, Rabi, Wiki, and Juju need to be able to climb and swing from trees, to chase one another, play, forage for food, and be stimulated. Their current enclosure does not allow for that. We also are unable to take in any additional Capuchins until this problem is addressed.
The vision of Monkey Island Foundation Founder, Francine Roy, is to expand their current enclosure and build it up and into the mangrove while respecting the natural environment. The new multi-level playground would encompass trees and branches and allow the Capuchins to live more freely in their natural habitat, yet provide them with safety and security at the same time.
This project will be completed by native Ngäbe-Buglé
workers, helping not only our beloved Capuchin monkeys, but also the economy of the local Ngäbe comarca.
The Monkey Island Foundation:
Our goal is to adopt or rescue monkeys in need of a new home, whether they are rescued from the pet trade, abandoned, or if their owners can no longer look after them. Our refuge is located on a private island in Bocas del Toro, Panama and provides the perfect habitat for the eleven monkeys who reside here.
Our priority is on education, as we believe it is the first step in conservation. We strive to illustrate to local community and tourists the irreversible effects of removing monkeys from the wild, as once they have been made into pets, it is very difficult to reintroduce them back into nature.
We work hard to give these monkeys a second chance at being wild, in a safe and socially stimulating environment where they can be with other monkeys. They are provided with food, toys, and enrichment items, but most importantly, with lots of care and love. Through private funding and donations we cover all of the monkeys expenses regarding their vetinarian check ups, vaccines, feeding costs, transportation, and maintenance of their enclosures.
We have received quotes on the proposed project , which includes the wood, wood posts, transportation and delivery of materials, salary of workers, nails, tools, mesh, staples, paint, and permitting fees.
100% of your donations will go directly to the construction of this new enlarged enclosure.
Thank you very much for your help!
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This is their current enclosure (it has 2 sections):
This is our inspiration for the new Capuchin enclosure. We envision a multi-level playground which will weave through the mangrove trees.
This is some of the wood we have received so far to begin the construction: