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Orlandito: Into the Wilds!

ADI are delighted to report that we are currently funding the rehabilitation of Orlandito, a Brown Capuchin Monkey, with the aim of releasing him and his group back into the WILD! He was originally rescued by the environmental police and placed in the Unity Rescue and Rehabilitation of Wild Animals Centre, (“URRAS”) in Colombia, which belongs to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry at the National University of Colombia.

Orlandito was brought to the centre in 2002 with three other capuchins, who after 3 years of rehabilitation, were reintroduced back into the wild. Unfortunately for Orlandito, he was unable to join them in their bid for freedom due to rivalry between himself and another male. It was decided to hold Orlandito back and establish his own group. Shortly after the successful release some students came to the centre with the hope of rehabilitating and releasing more primates, which would include Orlandito. They took their time to devise a thorough programme that would start with introducing him slowly to other capuchins in order to secure a successful reintroduction.

Orlandito is a remarkably spirited monkey who has won the hearts of the ADI Sudamérica team. Not least because having suffered so much at their hands, he really does like people!

It wasn’t too long before additional capuchins arrived at the centre through various rescues and a potential group began to form. There was ‘Jivi’, an abandoned female who was found in a bag in a street in Bogota, then ‘Meeku’ & ‘Sibroa’, two young females who were confiscated by the police after being sold as pets.

Another female, ‘Taikure’, was also destined to join them but sadly never made it. Her past had unfortunately taken its toll and she passed away before her chance of returning to the wild. A tragic reminder of the punishing lives these small animals endure. As for the remaining four, we now have our release group complete with one male (Orlandito) and three females as they await the next stage in bringing them closer to freedom.

The final stage of the release is the acclimatization phase. Soon the capuchins will be moved out of the city in Bogota and brought to a remote location in the warmer state of Meta in preparation for their release. Here they will be placed in large enclosures which are fully exposed to the sights, sounds and smells of the environment where they shall soon live. It is important that they are exposed to the daily stimulus of the forests from the safety of their enclosure so they can learn valuable lessons in life. Finally, after some time and when they appear ready, the enclosure door will be opened and the primates will take their steps into freedom. This is an extremely exciting prospect to enable these inquisitive animals passage to the wilds and is only made possible from your donations.

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