Please visit our new campaign, Help fund Inti Wara Yassi's vital work ($USD)!
Collecting wages for monkey cages!
$1,000 raised
100% of $1k goal
30 contributors
0 days left
Ended Apr 6, 2014
What's the goal here?  We're trying to raise $1,000 USD / $6,765 Bolivianos to build two bigger enclosures for our Capuchin monkeys Marco and Auri.  They are being kept in two of the smallest monkey cages offered at the Machia Park animal ...

What's your goal here? 

We are trying to raise $1,000 USD / $6,765 Bolivianos to build two bigger enclosures for our Capuchin monkeys Marco and Auri.  They are being kept in two of the smallest cages offered at the Machia Park animal refuge in Bolivia (and by smallest, we mean pretty darn small). 

But why even keep them in cages?

Most of the Capuchins in the refuge arrived here as abandoned pets. Because of their domestication, they are too confident with humans and lack the skills needed to survive in the wild.  Keeping the monkeys in the park's cages where they can be fed and looked after is the best option to ensure their survival.

Do they really need new cages though?  Bonus points if you answer in haiku.

Well, alright.  Tell me more about Marco and Auri's animal refuge.  

The Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1992 that manages three wild animal refuges across the Bolivian Amazon, dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals that are repossessed from poachers or dropped off by owners that can no longer care for their non-domestic pets. CIWY currently cares for over 600 animals – including species such as howler monkeys, jaguars, pumas, tapirs and macaws.

What's my money buying?

pipes - $255

angular metal - $75

other metal - $95

mesh - $220

hooks/hoses and clamps - $15

welding - $200

shipping - $140

How much should I contribute then?

If we put it in terms of frappuccinos--which are about $5 each--then a $10 donation would be two frapps and 800 calories less for you, and a lifetime of improved comfort for Marco and Auri.  But really, any amount would be greatly appreciated.

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