Visiting a Wild Monkey Conservation Center (private tour)
- Monkey mom and baby enjoying food at the facility
We’ll set out on a boat to visit the facilities for rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild animals into their habitats (known as "the Monkey Forest"). This center was created in 1991, with the intention of receiving animals confiscated from illegal commerce. In this center, the animals are evaluated and taken care of by a team of veterinary doctors and biologists.
One of the species mostly present at the site is the “macaco barrigudo” (woolly monkey), which has a protected status as a result of abuse by illegal traders and their slow reproductive rate. You’ll also see wild monkeys, that come out every day for food, and maybe even some resident monkeys that live in the center, for rehabilitation purposes.
In partnership with the FFV (Live Forest Foundation), a nonprofit institution overseen by Amazon Ecopark Lodge, a feeding system has been developed. Twice a day, the animals receive supplements comprised of their natural diet, ensuring that they are being provided with the necessary nutrients.
The Monkey Forest is open to guests of the Ecopark lodge at feeding times, always accompanied by a professional tour guide, allowing guests to film and photograph these animals in a natural and safe environment.
Since you’ll be doing this tour with your own private vehicle and guide, you’ll be able to enjoy each attraction at your own pace; making all the stops you want while enjoying personalized assistance and care from your expert guide.
Important: this tour is not always available, because the reserve is sometimes depleted when monkeys are re-entered into the wild. The tour’s exact itinerary and duration may change subject to weather conditions and decisions of the tour guide, so as to optimize your tour experience.