This is a project on the captive spider monkeys of Panajachel Guatemala. I have visited them 18 times at an average of 45 minutes a visit and wrote down my observations. I hoped to learn more about this cool species.
The monkeys live in La Reserva Natural in Panajachel about two kilometers away from my house. They are not native to the area, but there are 6 spider monkeys that have bitten someone and so they have been brought to the reserve right here. They are housed in a fifty year old forest in an enclosed area until 4:00 PM and then they are let out and able to go wherever they want. They return each day because they are fed there. The nature reserve here was once a coffee plantation and then it was bought and over 50 years slowly turned into a nature reserve. The monkeys are fed 3 times a day and their meals usually consist of bananas and apples and for a special treat dog food (which is for protein because spider monkeys are omnivores).
I chose this project because I like exotic animals and because I live close to the monkey reserve I saw a good opportunity to learn. This would be a difficult project to do in my hometown of Silverton, OR.