Argentine Center for Rescue, Rehabilitation and Conservation of Primates
Proyecto Caraya is the first and only primate rehabilitation center in Argentina, and the only one in the world that works with black howler monkeys.
The various monkey species that live at Caraya are at serious risk in the wild due to recent yellow fever epidemics and the systematic destruction of their natural habitats. Even in zoos, these species are difficult to adequately care for, rarely reproducing while in captivity and often becoming depressed and dying. Along with those threats and difficulties, many of the monkeys that live at Proyecto Caraya were previously captured and traded illegally.
Teaching the monkeys to become monkeys again
When the monkeys reach the center, their status is alarming. They often arrive malnourished, hypothermic, and frightened. Most of them have lived in very small cages and do not even know how to climb a tree. This is where Proyecto Caraya's staff steps in: Through their three stage rehabilitation process, they are able to "teach the monkeys to become monkeys again." Along with their work with at-risk monkeys, the staff is also caring for homeless dogs, abandoned pumas, vizcachas, llamas, donkeys, and a variety of farm animals.
Visit our Sanctuary
Our monkeys and staff love having visitors. We are located about two hours outside of Cordoba, Argentina, in the mountains near La Cumbre. Join us for a one-of-a-kind guided tour and learn more about our rehabilitation process. Bring your family and friends and make a daytrip out of it by spending time with some of our non-primate animals as well.
Donate to the center
Our staff and volunteers can only do so much; we need your help to keep our sanctuary running. In order to continue rehabilitating these beautiful creatures and providing for the rest of our sanctuary needs, we are looking for monkey sponsors. We can also take other forms of donation, like physically donating food or materials.
Interested in doing more than just visiting or donating? We love having longer-term volunteers join our team. Housing and food is provided so that you can focus on the work. Volunteer opportunities range from leading tours for our visitors to hands-on caring for the animals. We also have opportunities for students to partner with us for research projects.