BEFORE AND AFTER: SOME ANIMAL STORIES
Sissa (Lagothix poepiggi), Roberto (Saimiri sciureus), Pedrita (Nasua narica), Misha (Leopardus pardalis), Harry (Nasua nasua), Kinky (Potos flavus), Alain (Saguinus fuscicollis), Adam (Lontra longicaudis).
What do all these babies have in common?
They were separated from their home and their mothers by hunters. Human ambition and ignorance have changed the lives of these beings forever. Today, the team of Paseo de los Monos makes a historical account of some of these stories of Amazonian animals.
We hope these stories serve to sensitize people who once had, that actually have or plan to purchase one of these animals to give them a life which they don’t belong. Being pets for someone else is not a wild animal’s role.
Sissa: a wooly monkey that got to Paseo de los Monos in 2006 just a few months old. She was found full of parasites, with burns in the body while living among her own feces.
Today, she has been restored and is part of a group of wooly monkeys (Sambo’s troop) in a patch of native forest. Like her, thousands of woolly monkeys are hunted. While the monkey parents are killed for their meat, the offspring end up being sold on the black market.
Roberto: small squirrel monkey arrived to Los Monos just few months old. He suffered from starvation and parasitism. Because of the trauma, he has not been accepted by the group of squirrel monkeys living in the shelter; but today he lives his quiet life with two black capuchine monkeys. His insecure and aggressive behavior recreates the abuse suffered.
Pedrita: she belongs to a rare species of coati mundi. Just a few days old she was seized from a family by the environmental authorities in the city of Quito. We do not know how she survived from as little without her mother, but today this coati grows stronger after several months of assisted breeding in the Paseo de los Monos. Now, she lives with two other coatis in a patch of native forest.
Misha: she was brought to Paseo de los Monos by the same natives who killed the mother. The margays, endangered felines in the forests of the Amazon, are hunted mainly for their skin. Misha was lucky not to be sold as a pet, but was immediately brought to the shelter where she was raised by the resident biologist. Today she lives in a forest park in the Paseo de los Monos.
Harry and Kinky: This Coati and Kinkajou reached Paseo de los Monos very young. The two have something in common. The footprints of their captivity in their bodies. As babies, they were tied from the waist so hard that left them brands in the skin. We can’t imagine the suffering of these two babies, that after being taken from their mothers during the nursing period, they were tied up, humiliated and mistreated. Today, Harry has become a strong male who will soon reach adulthood, while Kinky still continues his path of rehabilitation.
Alain: this tamarin monkey was bought by some people at the local market in Puyo. They said they saw him in a basket and, in grief, bought it to give it to a rescue center where they can release. The monkey costed $ 30 as told by these people. The day of the arrival, the monkey had mucus secretions in the mouth and nose. In examining the specimen, we felt it was a case of tuberculosis. As we examine it closer, while the terrified monkey was trying to escape human hands, we realized he was hanged by a rope. After several minutes of trying, we cut the rope and the monkey began to breathe easier and the mucus dissapeared. It took several months of work for his rehabilitation but eventually he was released back in the wild with a troop of other tamarins.
Adam: This otter lost his mother just a few days old. He had not yet opened his eyes when he was brought to the Paseo de los Monos. After several months of research and work with this little baby, he could experience life in the jungle for the first time. His early life he grew between the monkeys, and then, little by little he started learning to live like an otter. His first home was the Chilcayacu river, where he learned to fish and to swim. A year and a half old, a team of scientists from Quito, specialists in otters, integrated the otter into a liberation program in the Llanganates National Park. The release was successful.
Analyzing these life stories, summarized in a few lines, we must deepen our understanding about the serious problem of wildlife traffic in a local, regional and international scales. Thousands of animals each year are extracted from the forests to provide services to humans. Services we do not need and that hurt us.
Animals maintain the balance of the jungles and forests, therefore our home, the Earth. Without them there is no life. Animals keep our ecosystems in balance. They are here to regulate pests that hurts us, feed and enrich the soil, they plant, pollinate and many of them work as the farmers of the forests. In addition, they give life to nature with millions of beautiful patterns, shapes and colors that do not fail to impress us, teaching us about the perfect intelligent design of life and evolution.
Why is it important to rehabilitate these animals?
It facilitates education
Strengthens the ecological situation of some species
A genetic reservoir of species threatened with extinction is maintained
Expands knowledge about healing, recovery and the biology of wild animals
How YOU can help?
The volunteer program offered by Paseo de los Monos integrates people around the world who have love for nature and want to do something for its welfare.
Conservationist’s life is fascinating but the road is not easy. We need everyone’s support so that the courageous work of a few, have the maximum global impact.