First monkey leaving release enclosure
2019 was an amazing year... a huge thank you to all of you for your part in ensuring that we had everything in place for successfully trialing our first spider monkey release. We have met and exceeded our fundraising goal, have supported the post-release tracking team in the field, have recently had an opportunity to check on one of the released spider monkeys (Penny), who has maintained her weight and is very healthy, and now have the infrastructure support at Fireburn for future releases.
Perhaps the biggest news for the start of this new year is the establishment of the release site - Fireburn and the North East Biological Corridor, as a legally defined protected area, ensuring long-term security as part of the National Protected Areas System of Belize.
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Thank you once again for your support for the spider monkeys...and for helping us get them back to the wild! We will be closing this funding appeal, but stay with us! Follow us on our Facebook page as we go into the next season of releases back into the wild....
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North East Biological Corridor