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Dear supporter,
 
The night monkeys of the Amazon are under a unique threat.
 
Years ago, these little nocturnal primates caught the attention of Dr. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo. Night monkeys supposedly respond to the malaria bug similarly to the way humans do, so Dr. Patarroyo decided to use these gentle creatures in his infectious disease lab, in the jungles of Colombia.
 
According to the LA Times, the lab rounds up at least 1,600 wild night monkeys a year for Dr. Patarroyo’s studies.
  
Not only that, when Dr. Patarroyo is finished with his experiments, many of the sick, weak ex-lab monkeys are allegedly tossed right back into the jungle. According to the Colombian government agency Corpoamazonia, there is no rehabilitation plan for these poor creatures. And still, the desperately needed cure for malaria seems as distant as ever.
 
Angela Maldonado is our contact at the hardworking Colombian nonprofit Fundación Entropika; she knows that lab officials in Colombia have persuaded the poor native people of Peru and Brazil, just across the Amazon River from Dr. Patarroyo’s facility, to capture night monkeys for the lab and illegally transport them across the unguarded border.
 
Angela is trying to persuade national authorities to take a more active role in protecting their countries’ native monkeys—no small task, since Dr. Patarroyo is, she says, a friend of the former Colombian President.
 
Please write to the ambassadors of Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. Let’s ask them to put pressure on local authorities to investigate this massive cross-border trade in night monkeys. Let them know you care!
 
Best regards,
 Shirley's signature
Dr. Shirley McGreal OBE
IPPL Founder and Executive Director
 
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1. Sample E-mail to the Peruvian Ambassador:
E-mail the Ambassador of Peru to the U.S.: webmaster@embassyofperu.us
For other Peruvian embassies: http://www.worldembassyinformation.com/peru-embassy/index.html
 
Please protect your country’s night monkeys
 
Your Excellency,
 
I respectfully request that you investigate the trade in night monkeys that is reportedly occurring along the Amazon border region of Peru into Colombia, where the monkeys are being sent to the malaria research laboratory in Leticia, Colombia. Peru has been a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species since 1975. Night monkeys are protected under this treaty, and international trade is banned without permits. Please ask Peru’s wildlife authorities to investigate and ban the cruel trade that is decimating these primates.
 
Thank you for your cooperation in saving Peru’s night monkeys. Let them live happily in their forest homes.
 
Sincerely,
[Your name]
[Your city and state]
 
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2. Sample E-mail to the Brazilian Ambassador:
E-mail the Ambassador of Brazil to the U.S.: webmaster@brasilemb.org
For other Brazilian embassies: http://www.worldembassyinformation.com/brazil-embassy/index.html
 
Please protect your country’s night monkeys
 
Your Excellency,
 
I respectfully request that you investigate the trade in night monkeys that is reportedly occurring along the Amazon border region of Brazil into Colombia, where the monkeys are being sent to the malaria research laboratory in Leticia, Colombia. Brazil has been a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species since 1975. Night monkeys are protected under this treaty, and international trade is banned without permits. Please ask Brazil’s wildlife authorities to investigate and ban the cruel trade that is decimating these primates.
 
Thank you for your cooperation in saving Brazil’s night monkeys. Let them live happily in their forest homes.
 
Sincerely,
[Your name]
[Your city and state]
 
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3. Sample E-mail to the Colombian Ambassador:
E-mail the Ambassador of Colombia to the U.S.: emwas@colombiaemb.org
For other Colombian embassies: http://www.worldembassyinformation.com/colombia-embassy/index.html
 
Please investigate the trade in night monkeys
 
Your Excellency,
 
I respectfully request that you ask Colombia’s wildlife authorities to investigate the cross-border trade in night monkeys. These animals are reportedly being imported into Colombia by local trappers based in Peru and Brazil and sent to the malaria research laboratory in Leticia. It is illegal to ship these animals internationally without export permits from Peru and Brazil, as trade without the proper permits is not allowed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), of which Colombia has been a member since 1981.
 
Thank you for your cooperation in saving these wonderful animals from suffering. Let them live happily in their forest homes.
 
Sincerely,
[Your name]
[Your city and state]
 

Night Monkeys in Peril

Night monkey

Night monkeys in the wild live in small family groups; the daddies are responsible for carrying the babies around. [Photo © Troy Robertson]

Night monkey from the lab

Night monkeys from Dr. Patarroyo's lab, after they've been experimented on, are allegedly just thrown back into the forest. [Photo © Fundación Entropika]

Angela Maldonado of Fundacion Entropika

Angela and her team at Fundación Entropika in Colombia are trying to raise awareness about the massive illegal cross-border trade in night monkeys destined for research. [Photo © A. Kemp - Fundación Entropika]

 
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