August 2022 Newsletter - Esperanza Verde

August 2022 Newsletter

August was a month of many moments, both big and small, so when we take a step back and look at the big picture, a lot has been packed into 30 days and nights. Releases, rereleased, finished construction projects, game nights and oh-so-cold nights. Here’s a peek into an action-packed August at Esperanza Verde.


The young male spider monkeys, Miyo, Alessi and Ashuke, are exploring the outside world more confidently, Eros and Amora, two chestnut eared aracaris, seem to have caught each other’s attention and Diego and Grety, the male and female margay, have moved into their new home.

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SUST Animal Orphan Hospital

Otis (male night monkey) has finally moved out of the clinic after a long stay, yellow spotted river turtles were weighed, and all the outside woollies and capuchins got (delicious)deworming treatment.

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As long as there are animals, there are construction projects. With the margay enclosure finished, we’ve set our eyes on our next project – a front cage for La Sapa.

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Volunteer life

The zombie apocalypse has arrived to the jungle… or is it Manager Alex… on a cold morning… transformed into a walking blanket? … yup. The Amazon jungle isn’t always hot hot hot, we had a couple of 10C mornings after some surprising rainfall. But as the sun rises, enclosures get cleaned and buckets carried – all the volunteers start working up sweat and beg for the cold to come back.

Isis and Anna (two Dutch volunteers) hosted a game night with challenges, a display of secret skills and plenty of prizes at stake. Everyone’s game faces were on as the night took off!

A special thanks to Anna Gruyters, for providing us with so many beautiful photos and making great videos. Two of the videos (ocelots and margays) are already to be enjoyed, and others will be coming…..

As August comes to an end, we’re looking forward to welcoming a new group of volunteers – if you know anyone who might be interested, send them our way.

Hasta luego!