Saving “Monkey Island”

This week’s Friday Feature is brought to you by guest blogger Tamara M., BA, CVT:

Hurricane Maria caused plenty of damage in Puerto Rico and its surrounding area, including a special island called Cayo Santiago, where approximately 1500 monkeys live at their own island off the coast of Puerto Rico.  Due to this disaster, universities in the USA has been organizing relief efforts to attend the demands from all the monkeys. Cayo Santiago is a 38 acre tropical island, which has a nickname of “monkey island”.  This primate island was founded in 1938, and only monkeys live there: researchers take a fifteen minute boat trip from Punta Santiago to east coast in order to conduct their research.  These monkeys live at their own island, and yet, contribute to medical research.

Read more about the research and the monkeys here.


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