Proyecto Carayá

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.

Opening hours, tickets and location >

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.

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Volunteer

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.

Information for volunteers >

SPONSOR A  MONKEY!

Who is your favorite? Is it Lance, because he's so wise, or Mr. Bizness, the center's main alpha male?

Choose who you would like to sponsor, and keep up to date with their progress!

Cierra

Cierra is one of our more, ahem, experienced, monkeys. But she’s full of life and a true sweetie. We love her for her spirit and kind ways to the other monkeys. Given her age, she may remain at Caraya for life, so needs your donations!

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Iggy

The monkeys thought he was “difficult” when he arrived to the sanctuary, but it turned out he’s just been hardened by a tough upbringing in captivity. Once you can befriend this tough cookie, you’ll find he’s the most loyal friend you’ve ever had.

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Gonzalo

Born at Proyecto Caraya’s sanctuary, Gonzalo hasn’t ever seen “the wild,” but inside sources say he’s excited to get to know his home. Because he grew up around humans, Gonzalo has to go through the same rehabilitation process as the rescued monkeys, so he learns how to be wild again.

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Mr. Bizness

A true comeback story, Mr. Bizness made it out of captivity and is currently thriving as the sanctuary’s foremost Alpha Male. Or so he thinks. Watch out ladies, this monkey means bizness.

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Gerald

Gerald was known in his past life for raiding chicken coops from time to time for their precious eggs. But following the destruction of his natural habitat and a move to the sanctuary, he’s become a whole new monkey. Look out world, here Gerald comes.

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Esteban

He started out as a lab animal, with humans constantly testing out products on him and his friends. Sometimes those products would turn out to be harmful, and Esteban would end up sick and in pain. Now he's happily working with our staff to learn to become a monkey again.

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Constable

Back when he was first rescued, Constable got really stressed out around humans. It’s no surprise - men killed his mom and sold he and his siblings on the side of the road. He was kept in captivity for a few years before he was finally turned over to Proyecto Caraya.

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Brodie

Brodie had a rough time before arriving at Caraya, being the subject of harsh animal testing. Now he prefers his solitude and is often found pondering his place amongst the others from high above the tree tops. If you are looking for him in the sanctuary, look up!

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Tiny

Tiny was born in the sanctuary’s nursery, and Juana has been able to provide him with a carefree, happy life. Tiny doesn’t get out much on his own; he spends all day (literally) hanging on Juana, letting her bring him for food, water, and to hang out with the other monkeys.

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Jorge

Jorge's entire family was wiped out in a yellow fever epidemic. He spent a lot of time looking for a new family. Luckily, he made it to Caraya unscathed, and is now able to start a family of his own. Let’s hear it for Jorge.

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Juana

Juana is a caring and motherly type. She has a new infant, Tiny, who never leaves her side (and keeps the staff entertained!). But, she likes her alone time too. We often find her gazing out into the Argentinian countryside.

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Cheech

Cheech has a wise face that says “Tell me your deepest darkest secrets” and a way of peeling a banana that says “I really, really like bananas.” Be his friend and he’ll love you forever; take one of his bananas and he might never hold your hand, again.

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Lento

His name may mean “slow,” but Lento is anything but sluggish when the food bowls come out. Kept as a pet by a family until he was more than a year old, Lento’s old family photographs show him wearing diapers, eating at the table, and taking baths.

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Abu

Abu has been known in the past to start a fight. But underneath it all, he just wants a quiet life on the future site of Caraya’s reserves with some other monkeys, an abundant supply of nuts, and no bedtime.

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Sensei
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Sensei came to the sanctuary as a baby after being kidnapped away from his mom and sold to a family who thought they’d keep him as a pet. Sensei is nobody’s monkey boy, though - he caused a racket until they threw him out of the house, and that’s when he came to us.

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Fingers

Since joining us at Caraya, Fingers has taken on the motherly role for our other monkeys, as if to compensate for the love she can no longer give to her own kin - whether the others like it or not. She can often be endlessly nagging and grooming the young monkeys.

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Lance

Lance always leads the group howl at dawn. Early to bed and early to rise makes a monkey wealthy and wise, as Lance always says. It’s not a very well-read group of monkeys, so they think he came up with that. Even in a group of howler monkeys, Lance has what we call an “outside voice.”

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Tess

We rescued Tess as a young monkey who had been drugged and was losing her zest for life. After getting to Proyecto Caraya, she turned out to be a quick learner and is well on her way to being repatriated into the wild. You’re going places, Tess.

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Beignet

Beignet is our resident garbage disposal! At the sanctuary she eats everything in sight! Don’t tease her about her weight, though - she’s very sensitive, and she’ll tell you she’s just big boned.

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Otis

Otis was rescued from the side of the road by the kind people at Caraya, and, since joining the rehabilitation center, has improved his tree-climbing and branch-grabbing skills 1000%. Keep on swinging, Otis!

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