Kamal, an endangered Geoffroy's spider monkey rescued by Wildtracks
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Kam before rescue...Tied outside on his own, he was malnutritioned and , in places, completely devoid of hair. Pictures such as these, submitted anonymously to Wildtracks through a third party, are able to help us in rescuing individuals such as these and ensure that they have a brighter future, with the possibility of returning to the wild. It's only when people start to stand up for these animals that we can truly say that people care.

Early days at Wildtracks...within a few days of intensive care, Kam was more confident with his carers. His skin was still scabby and hairless, but he was starting to feel stronger and had more energy

Early days at Wildtracks...Despite his very poor condition, it didn't take long for his cheeky nature to show through..

Kam in June...By June, he was integrated with Cas, another spider monkey of the same age, and the two of them had left the Nursery unit to live in the Forest Enclosure, within hearing distance of the Spider Monkey Complex...Bright, confident and aware with his carers, Kam still lacks confidence when faced with unknown places, people or situations...a legacy from his early days. Over time, he will recover, and take his place in the Spider Monkey Complex, on his path to release...

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Kamal, an endangered Geoffroy's spider monkey rescued by Wildtracks

Kamal (shortened to Kam), an endangered Geoffroy's spider monkey, arrived in January 2016 - the most emaciated and sickly intake that Wildtracks has encountered. He was only ten months old when he was confiscated by the Belize Forest Department - skin and bones, and missing most of his hair from malnutrition and scabies. Far too young to be away from his mother, he was on his own, attached to a wire in someone's yard.

Kam took time to put on weight. For the first months after arrival he was still skin and bones, terrified of sudden movements, and completely reliant on his carers. With the introduction of a diet of high nutrient milk formula, fruit and leaves, he gradually started putting on weight.

Over the months, his hair started to grow in, and exercise and sunshine improved his muscles and energy levels

Kam is now healthy and happily integrated with Cas, another young spider monkey. Kam and Cas have now moved out of the Nursery Unit and into one of the Forest Enclosures. They have begun their integration with Chippa and Izzie, two of the younger female spider monkeys in the Spider Monkey Complex, with the hope that they will become a unit of four.

Story written in December, 2016

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