The small troop of woolly monkeys assembled at RAREC is made up from monkeys which were once kept as pets in homes around the city of Iquitos. They all share a tragic common past: Their families were slaughtered for food, and they themselves were brought to the illegal wildlife trade.
They have come a long way, since their arrival at RAREC. They have learned to adapt to their diet, much closer to the food that they would eat in the wild, and most importantly, they have learned to live together as part of a family. It is a lucky coincidence that the woollies are paired, which fits into RAREC's conservation plan for the species. Our hope is that they will soon be able to return to their natural habitat, as a woolly monkey troop.
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