I received word recently from Lolo that the rescue center in Nicaragua has made use of some of the funds which everyone had so generously provided back in March and April of this year.
Two of the projects that the funds were used for were buying the materials to build an extension for Pipo the chimpanzee’s enclosure, as well as to build larger structures in which the white-faced capuchin monkey could be housed.
I am sharing some photos, which Lolo himself excitedly shared with me in his email. Though they are not as large as the spider monkey enclosure, remember that before, the capuchins were kept in cages that are meant for birds. These housing structures provide ample lighting and much more space to climb for the capuchins. They have lots of room to socialize, play, and groom one another. These interim enclosures are much better suited for the monkeys to adapt themselves for life in the forest again.
Currently the project is evaluating an island in Lake Nicaragua to become the new habitat for the monkeys. The island will provide nesting material and has a forest for the capuchins. They will still rely on food provisioning from time to time, but in all other aspects, they will be entirely free once more.
This interim enclosure will help them prepare for their new lives. When Lolo and his friends move away from the rescue center and onto the island, these enclosures will be used over and over again to provide housing for the countless monkeys who are victims of the wildlife pet trade, and who find themselves at the center.
Lolo says he is having fun with all of his new friends and says to tell you all “hi.”
My deepest and most heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, guided by a quiet but persistent little tug at their hearts, and lit by the reminder that we are all connected, always.