Life with the nursery monkeys (Jenny's Leaving Blog)
Sadly I’ve come to the end of my month at Wildtracks – I leave now to go to India to work with orphan girls and Kenya after that to work in a learning centre near a slum. During my time at Wildtracks I’ve been privileged enough to witness and participate in some really momentous occasions – I’m very lucky to have had the experience that I’ve had at Wildtracks!
Over the past couple of weeks of working with the baby monkeys I have seen both Sam and Polly have massive growth spurts. Sam is so big now that, at milk time, he can stretch from one of the cages and reach me from almost everywhere in the room. We’ve both ended up very messy on numerous occasions when he’s been too quick for me and ended up with his head and hands in the pot of milk before I’ve realised he was there!
I was lucky enough to be present when Elliot, the biggest baby Howler, joined the four baby Howlers on a big family outing to one of the outdoor cages. It was quite a significant event the first time it happened as they hadn’t all been outside at the same time before! They all got on well and mainly spent their time sun-bathing and playing but Pebbles and Polly, the smaller Howler babies, were a little overwhelmed. I’m sure in time they will gain the confidence to play with the others and I look forward to getting updates on their progress!
I’ve spent countless afternoons watching Izzie take a nap on my tummy after she’s exhausted herself by playing with the other babies. I’ve watched Peanut, one of the four baby Howlers, go from strength to strength and, although he still complains about everything, he’s becoming more confident and cheeky. I’ve learned how to tend a banana patch, I’ve fed the babies milk through a syringe, comforted Polly and Pebbles when they’ve felt nervous around Elliot and braved the ants that live in the Cecropia so that the monkeys could eat one of their favourite plants! I’ve climbed some wonderful Mayan ruins and I’ve survived without mobile/ cell signal for a month (quite happily, I might add!).
All in all I’ve had a fantastic month, met some brilliant like-minded people and cared for some amazing animals. I have seen first-hand that Wildtracks really does make a huge difference to the lives of the manatees and monkeys of Belize. They take the animals in without thinking twice and the care that they’re given is first class. The animals are treated with dignity and respect and I feel very proud that I have managed, in my own small way, to help to rehabilitate such beautiful animals.
Published by: Zoe Walker at 2013-03-24 11:36:09 [Link to this article]
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