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Projects Abroad successfully reintroduces spider monkeys back into the wild in Peru

International volunteering organisation Projects Abroad and their Conservation & Environment Project in Peru releases a group of black spider monkeys back into the wild.

Projects Abroad successfully reintroduces spider monkeys back into the wild in Peru

PERU - May 27, 2013 - The Projects Abroad Conservation & Environment Project in Peru successfully liberated a group of black spider monkeys (Ateles chamek) back into the jungle.

Based in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, on the 474 hectare Taricaya Ecological Reserve, the Conservation & Environment Project in Peru offers volunteers the unique chance to help preserve the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. One of the most rewarding parts of the project is the successful reintroduction of wild animals back into their natural habitat.

This is the third troop of monkeys to be released over the past three years and it is with the help of Projects Abroad volunteers that the project can re-establish populations in an area where they have been locally extinct for over 50 years.

Conservation Director of Peru, Stuart Timson says: “The process of releasing these primates is a complex one as their ancestral range includes Taricaya but the impact of hunting and farming has caused them to leave the area. Therefore, we had to slowly acclimatise the troop to the area, change their feeding habits and monitor their gradual transition. Each animal has been fitted with its own radio collar and, as we track them over the coming months, we shall be watching closely to see how they cope back where they belong.”

Despite the complexities of the reintroduction process and the difficulties involved with moving the monkeys to different pre-release locations, Stuart Timson says: “I am proud to report that we are still closely following the group and that their hastened transition back into the wild is going well as they start to forage for natural foodstuffs and explore their new home territory.”

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography lecturer, as a programme for students to travel and work while taking a break from full-time study. The programme started in Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 28 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

Projects Abroad successfully reintroduces spider monkeys back into the wild in Peru

About the Conservation & Environment Project in Peru

At the conservation project at the Taricaya Reserve, which is owned and run by Projects Abroad, volunteers have the opportunity to work in areas such as animal rescue and release, biodiversity studies of flora and fauna and help the staff with the butterfly and turtle breeding programmes, among many other activities. Volunteers do not need any previous experience to take part in this project; volunteers will get hands-on, practical work experience and learn about the incredible work that goes on at Taricaya.

The main aim of this project is to help the local area recover from previous disturbances. Projects Abroad also wants to have a positive impact on the ecosystems at the Taricaya Reserve and to help local people avoid potential damage to the environment. The locals help with the conservation projects and the Projects Abroad team helps them with their farming; Projects Abroad has set up a model farm which is used to pass on ideas and techniques to local farmers.

Releasing captive animals (such as exotic pets) into safe environments is another key part of the project. Taricaya has been officially appointed the first Animal Release Centre in this part of South America. Projects Abroad’s Conservation Project in Peru is pioneering this concept and has already released many animals back into their natural habitats.

Accommodation for volunteers at Taricaya Ecological Reserve consists of basic 4-person wooden bungalows with private bathrooms. There is also a large kitchen and dining area, research laboratories, animal hospital and much more.

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