Yesterday we helped the ARA San Martin with a rescued baby Peruvian spider monkey (Ateles chamek). This animal was kept as a pet and confiscated in northern San Martin, far outside of its distribution. We were asked by the authorities to help with the transport and medical tests before being sent to a rescue centre in Loreto, in it’s natural distribution. Sadly this is this is not an isolated case and even during the pandemic we are finding animals illegally trafficked around Peru.
At the end of last week we were called to help with the rescue of an adult male black spider monkey (Ateles Chamek), an Endangered species that was being kept in a small cage in Tocache in Southern San Martin, Peru.
Once the operation started the authorities also found another baby black spider monkey and a Critically Endangered yellow tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda)! These last two were being kept together in a hanging bird cage.
None of the animals had any enrichment and the cages were far too small. Thanks to the quick work of the San Martin regional environmental authority and our long time collaborator Gabriel Garcia, who was working nearby at the time, the three animals were rescued and have all now been sent to rescue centres.
As these are all endangered species the punishment under Peruvian law is more severe and we hope that the wildlife authorities will use this power to properly prosecute the criminals involved.
Many thanks to IPPL and our private donors for continuing to fund our rescue and anti-trafficking work, without this support we wouldn’t be able to help animals like these.