Exciting news! We're in the final stages of completing Jacj Cuisi’s second area for Capuchin Monkeys.
Last July you helped us raise $10,000 for this area. Special thanks to Brendon Berg, who made the largest contribution and gave the area its name - "ParaTi." Additional support came from Animal Friends Pet Insurance and the Animal Defence Trust. Thank you to everyone who helped achieve this dream.
In a few days, we will relocate the capuchin monkeys from the Heaven area in Machia to Jacj Cuisi Sanctuary. Stay tuned on social media to see the move!
Next there are two more capuchin areas to build, as well as the aviary. If you'd like to continue supporting the transfer of animals from Machia to Jacj Cuisi's "Land of Dreams," consider making a monthly or one-time donation. Thank you so much!
On behalf of the CIWY and FIWY teams and the hundreds of rescued animals in our care, we wish you all the best in 2024.
The move from Machia to Jacj Cuisi is chugging forward.
In the past few months, we have successfully relocated the first group of capuchin monkeys. Mostly from Machia’s “Clinic” area, these monkeys needed to move urgently, because mudslides were making their area dangerous. They made the 33-hour bus journey across Bolivia and initially spent some time in Jacj Cuisi’s quarantine, while their new area was being completed.
The capuchins at Jacj Cuisi have the opportunity to enjoy a runner system, as they did at Machia. The one big difference is that the runners are located in dense jungle, away from any roads and tourists. Each runner is very long, more than 15 meters, starting at eye level and extending up to the tree canopy. The team managed to create 21 runners so that the 11 monkeys housed in the quarantine can be placed on a new runner every day. Surrounded by Jacj Cuisi’s 300 hectares of pure jungle, stunning landscapes and wilderness, the move was well worth the long bus ride!
Meanwhile, the squirrel monkeys have completed the last stage of integration to semi-freedom, in which they only enter the enclosure for food. The doors to their enclosures are always left open and they have the choice to sleep inside or out in the trees surrounding their area. From the treetops of Jacj Cuisi’s “Mystic Cove,” the little giants have been enjoying their freedom, jumping from branch to branch and finding appetizing insects, butterflies, etc., under the leaves.
In their semi-freedom, the squirrel monkeys regularly encounter the spider monkeys that made the move from Machia last year. While there have been some little skirmishes among the groups, they mostly seem quite happy and we have also witnessed some surprising cross-species friendships. In particular, little Chamaquito now spends much of his time playing with the spider monkeys Lola, Estrella and Negra. He even sleeps in Negra’s enclosure at night, cuddled up to her in a hammock!
We are now raising the funds to move the second group of capuchins from Machia. We have created a micro-project page here to raise $10,000 for their area at Jacj Cuisi. As you’ve probably heard, next Wednesday is GlobalGiving’s July Bonus Day! This is the best time to make a larger donation ($100 to $1000) if you can.
Thanks so much for supporting CIWY’s rescued animals and keeping up with their big move to the Land of Dreams.
Squirrel Monkeys thriving at Jacj Cuisi, Capuchins need to move
By Jenny Boyd | FIWY Development Director
Chamaquito, squirrel monkey. By Pilar Rodriguez
Jacj Cuisi is living up to its name as the “Land of Dreams” to the rescued animals who have moved there from Machia.
The squirrel monkeys, for example, have adjusted better than we could have hoped with their new management system.
It took them a few weeks to get used to their new routine: eating breakfast all together in their management cage and then having the opportunity to be free in the jungle, alongside the spider monkeys. Food is always available in their enclosures and they have the option of coming and going as they please throughout the day, and returning to their enclosures to have dinner and spend the night.
The amarillos are so eager to explore and enjoy the Jacj Cuisi jungle, that they are usually out from first thing in the morning until late at night. They are sometimes reluctant to come back at dinner time, even though bananas are always served!
They are undoubtedly pleased with the freedom that the jungle gives, and they enjoy hunting insects, looking for their own wild fruits, chewing fresh leaves all day long, getting lost in the tallest trees, stealing food from the plates of the spider monkeys, and, of course, playing with each other and with the spider monkeys, especially the younger ones (although they also like to tease them a little!)
This life of “semi-freedom” is truly a gift for these monkeys who were robbed of their wild freedom by poachers. It warms our hearts to see this group of orphans come together as a troop and engage in natural behaviours in the beautiful Jacj Cuisi jungle.
Our work is far from over, of course. The capuchin monkeys at Machia need to be transferred soon, as mudslides make their area there even less hospitable. The team is reevaluating which monkeys to move first and we may even need to keep a group in a smaller temporary structure at JC while we wait for Mirador 1 to be built.
Thank you for contributing to CIWY however you can – whether it’s a monthly donation, or volunteering in person, or sending us a lead for a grant. We appreciate our amazing network of supporters around the world who make all our work possible.
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