Our first (and most important) blog post: Animal Selfies

Instagram has started to censor wild animal selfies – a move we wholeheartedly support.

We are 100% behind the protection of wild species and ensuring that animals are not caught and held for tourism. Their decision to ban selfies stems from the disgusting trend of smuggling, poaching and abusing animals for the sake of tourist dollars, something we agree is abhorent and wrong.

We want to ensure that our supporters and visitors know that we are not in this space. All of the animals at La Isla de los Monos are rescued from the destructive animal trade and our project is dedicated to their care and release back in to the wild. The ministry of agriculture has deemed our centre to meet the animal welfare standards required for their care. As a result we receive rescued animals from them regularly.

We emplore everyone to ensure photos taken with animals on the island are put in the context of our project and the work we are doing. Something we are only able to do currently with the help of tourist donations.

Our dream is to completely close the island to tourists and continue our rehabilitation work without any outside influence, however we do not have enough financial support to make this possible at the moment. It is our continued dream and focus to make this a reality.

We want to ensure that the animals we protect are never co-erced to take photos. Living cage free means some of our curious and playful monkeys will climb on visitors of their own valition and therefore photos with monkeys are common here.

We work with local animal ambassadors, vets, and the Peruvian government whom send confiscated animals to our centre for care and rehabilitation. We NEVER buy or catch animals for tourists.

2018-01-28T18:18:31+00:00 From The Island|

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