On August 2019, we received news from the Peruvian Forestry and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) that an endangered spider monkey had been rescued in the city of Lima -- it was illegally being kept as a pet, when the SERFOR stepped in and confiscated it.
SERFOR immediately contacted us and asked us to take the spider monkey into our Center. We complied. She was shipped to us via air, and after picking her up, we could verify that all things considered, she was in very good condition.
We have decided to name her DONNA, after our friend Donna Hudson, from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Donna and Jim Hudson have been longtime supporters of our conservation programs at RAREC. Our "Donna" is rare and extraordinary, and she represents a better future for the Rainforest. We are grateful to the Hudsons for all their support, and we will continue to do our best efforts to protect the wildlife that they so love!
We hope that Donna (the spider monkey) loves her new home -- which is a temporary home, of course. When we successfully build a new troop of spider monkeys, they will be released as a group, back into the wild, to help the survival of their very endangered species.