We are happy to announce that the introduction of Bruna to our Howler Squad has been successful! We started off having Bruna in a separate enclosure to check the reactions and behaviour towards her by our other howler monkeys (Alouatta sara). After our assessment time, we started taking Bruna on walks with the Squad, under the watchful eye of our Vet plus our Howler Monkey Volunteers. Thankfully she was accepted very quickly, she spent a while staying with her Volunteer for comfort while watching the others play and climb together in the trees. After being encouraged by her Volunteer to go off with the Squad instead of relying on her, she gained confidence and started playing with the Squad up on the platform, at first holding her Volunteer with her tail for comfort, then after hard work from her Volunteer she went off on her own and now plays, climbs trees, sleeps and grooms with all of the other howler monkeys. Thanks to all our Howler Monkey volunteers for your love and patience during these sensitive times.
Also this month we have moved our newest Howler monkey Beyoncé from Quarantine to be introduced to the Squad. Sabrina has been a little reluctant but is slowly starting to accept her as well. Beyoncé was very nervous at first but now is becoming more confident with her Volunteers and climbing more through the trees when she is taken to explore the jungle. We will keep you updated as we are still monitoring their behaviour before completely integrating them together. Keep an eye on this space.
Our tejón garden is nearly complete! We have 20% left of the fencing to finish plus the management cages. It's going to be an exciting new life for our tejones (Nasua nasua) as they will have three gardens that we can move them around in for them to have new enrichment constantly. The completion of our tejón garden has been delayed due to very low numbers of volunteers this year, we held an auction last Friday to raise funds to complete the enclosure and we are nearly there! If anyone would like to donate towards our tejón garden please have a look at our donation options or contact us at email@example.com.
Earlier this year the sad discovery was made that local landowners had cut the boundary of their land, and, in the process had cut a 2km route that bisected the trails of Maggie, one of our charismatic pumas (Puma concolor). Due to this, Maggie was unable to leave her enclosure for several weeks.
Any new trails for Maggie would need to be an appropriate distance from agricultural lands so as to minimize the risk of future disturbance to her, and planning was further complicated by the likelihood of flooding during the wet season that affects much of her territory. However, staff was able to use geographic information systems (GIS) mapping techniques coupled with digital elevation modelling to select higher altitude areas within her territory that would have the greatest potential for avoiding flooding during the wet seasons, whilst keeping her a safe distance away from disturbance at all times.
Following a huge effort from the volunteers at Ambue Ari we are happy to report that Maggie's trails are now cut, and with her out walking almost every day she is back to being the happy puma we all know her to be. It is hoped that further trails will be made available to Maggie at the northern limits of her territory within the next few months.
New Howler Monkey Enclosure, Thanks to IPPL! The International Primate Protection League (IPPL) funded the construction of a new Howler Monkey Enclosure at Ambue Ari Sanctuary.
Current results and discussion from the research underway at Ambue Ari - VIII Bolivian Congress of Mastozoology and IV Latin American Congress of Mastozoology - La Paz 11.07.2018 Potentially unusual jaguar abundance within a 3.9km2 section of WCC Ambue Ari and the potential importance of surrounding landscapes to future jaguar conservation. Ollie Bartlett - Coordinator of Environmental Research
Socialization Programme for our Capuchin Monkeys News about our socialization programme at Machia
CIWY research projects An update on the progress of our research proyect in Ambue Ari
Working as a vet with CIWY Read more about Marta's experience as a vet at CIWY
My experience at CIWY Karen shares with us what she learned and lived while being at CIWY
Tejon Garden Update Check out how the construction of our Tejon garden goes
A new enclosure for Ivan Our tayra at Machia gets a new space
Back to Freedom The history of 7 boas
Artist in Residence 2017/18 Meet Silvia and her art
Calling all Artists interested in #conservation and #wildlife! Applications are now open to join our Artist in Residence programme in 2018.
News from Machia - November 2017 Snakes, Caimans and insects at WCC Machia
News from Jacj Cuisi - November 2017 Capitan's enclosure and our vegetable garden
News from Ambue Ari - October 2017 Information about our new squad member, the construction of the Tejon Garden and Maggie
News from the research project at WCC Jacj Cuisi Habitat preferences of the endangered lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris)at WCC Jacj Cuisi.
CIWY is celebrating 25 years as an organization, with already 21 years in Machia. In Ambue Ari we have been working for the past 15 years and also in Jacj Cuisi it has been already 8 years now.
Research Project - Jacj Cuisi An update from our Research Project in Jacj Cuisi
News from Ambue Ari - Mayo 2017 News from our WCC Ambue Ari including saying goodbye to Sama, constructions on Leo's management cage and new members.
Come and join us at Pete the Monkey Festival! We are looking for 4 volunteers who have visited CIWY in the past to help us run a fun, awareness-raising, craft activity
Friends of Inti Wara Yassi (FIWY) is our sister organization in the UK. They have been a major source of support since their founding in 2008. Find out more about FIWY here.
Quest Overseas organizes gap year trips for British and international students. Since 2001, Quest has worked with CIWY to bring much needed volunteers and funds. If you are interested in the programs they have with us, find out more here.