We currently have 5 woolly monkeys that started a group with Tuxedo as the alpha. They have been arriving since November 2017 and in this time we have been able to learn a lot about this species of monkey. For example, their diet is very specific so we have learnt how to adapt to this to create one which is much closer to what they would eat in the wild. Our hope is that they will be able to return to their natural habitat, as a woolly monkey troop.
Tuxedo was confisfacted from a restaurant, where he was forced to wear a tuxedo and fed alcohol and human food.
The small troop of juvenile 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.