Alouatta Sanctuary has been strategically reforested to form part of a corridor between two intact primary forests. As a result, the property functions as critical wildlife habitat for a variety of species. Mantled howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, night monkeys, sloths, ocelots, peccaries, coatis, and many other animals call Alouatta Sanctuary home. We feel lucky to be stewards of this special place and do everything we can to protect local wildlife populations and to restore tropical forests in surrounding areas, while learning as much as we can about the animals that share our home.
Current conservation efforts include:
Alouatta Sanctuary sets aside space for the rehabilitation of all wildlife in need. However, we focus on the rehabilitation of mantled howler monkeys. Mantled howler monkeys fill a very important role in tropical ecosystems, but they do not thrive in captivity, and prove extremely difficult to rehabilitate. As a result, we are one of the only options available to orphaned or injured howler monkeys here in Panama. The majority of our howler monkeys have been confiscated from the pet trade by Panama's Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente. While many adult animals can be released relatively quickly, infant and juvenile animals require 2-3 year training programs to wean them off human contact and to ensure that they are able to find food, travel comfortably through the canopy, and socialize normally.
As habitat fragmentation increases and small chunks of pristine forest are isolated in seas of pasture and farmland, wildlife increasingly relies on sites such as Alouatta Sanctuary to provide important links between these primary forests. Thus, small islands of tropical forest become part of a larger network and are able to maintain more ecological diversity. Here at Alouatta Sanctuary we study both resident and transient wildlife, with the goal of increasing our knowledge of wildlife habitat requirements and improving current models of reserve design.
Alouatta Sanctuary is located adjacent to the indigenous lands of the Ngäbe-Buglé. We work with local community members to encourage and develop sustainable practices. These efforts include the planting of native trees from an established tree nursery, environmental education and stewardship programs, aid in developing sustainable agricultural and ecotourism businesses, and assistance documenting the Ngäbe-Buglé rich cultural heritage.
If you are a visitor interested in assisting in these efforts during your vacation, consider our conservation clinics . We also offer a limited number of internships & volunteer opportunities for those interested in longer stays or careers in wildlife conservation.
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