Just Monkey'ing Around

Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
Trip End May 31, 2012

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La Senda Verde Animal Sanctuary

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

So at last, we arrived at the animal sanctuary for some food and a hot shower.

James and I had already decided to stay a night here at La Sende Verde Animal Sanctuary, but it was so amazing we stayed two instead. Also I should mention for posterity that I ate an evil pickled gherkin (bought in Oruro) that poisoned me the whole of the first night – my first complaint of the trip!! Oh well, free colonic I suppose :)  The people were so good to me, asking me how I felt, making me tea to soothe my tum.

So now the interesting bit, the animals! They have two spectacled bears (both saved from the meat trade), a 5 yr old male called Aruma, and a baby female newly arrived. They have four breeds of monkey, all seized by Animal SOS or the police, including Capuchins, Spider monkeys, Howlers and Squirrel monkeys. They also have many Amazon parrots, a cheeky lorikeet called "Mr Bean" and lots of tortoises and reptiles.

The pictures say it all really, the Spider monkeys (particularly the juvenile male “Cocao”) were so cuddly, and they came down from the trees to see you. The Howler babies were so cute and naughty. The Squirrel monkeys loved play-fighting in my scarf. My favourite though had to be “Flower” (as I called her) the Coty. She curled up on my lap and fell asleep, OMG how gorgeous! This place is awesome, if we had more time we would have stayed and joined the team of volunteers for 2 weeks, all backpackers like us who did the WMDR and discovered this gem at the end of it.

- Liz (furry crazy lady)

PS:  Just to clarify Liz writes the words and James spends hours doing the technical grind.  Just in case you thought I was sat on my hands!! - JJ
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Morgane on

That must have been an amazing time, especially for you Liz! Like a "drug fix", isn't it? That should keep you going for a while now. ;)

sarah on

I'm really jealous! You look very happy, though james better be careful that liz doesn't sneak one in to her bag! Xxx

Mum on

Not sure if you will get this today, but Happy Birthday. Hope you are having a fantastic one. Thinking of you & sending lots of love, X X X X X X

Suzy on

Am really jelouse of the monkey cuddles. Looks like you are still having amazing experiances on you trip Dont think you will ever be able to top this yrs b'day experiances.. Love Suzy, Shaunus and the kids.

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