This morning was really fun! We all hiked down to some abandoned gold mining sites to see how activities such as gold mining can impact the forest. Along the way we saw a whole troop of spider monkeys (coolest monkeys ever), another storm of squirrel monkeys (it seemed like there were hundreds of them), a Tayra, and found another species of bat with crazy camouflage skills! The spider monkeys were so much fun to watch! They swing through the trees so effortlessly with their long arms and prehensile tails. I love watching them hang from their tails while they munch on fruit!
Gramps (Seamus) waded into the lake at the mining site and his boots started sinking into the muddy water. He couldn’t get his boot out of the mud so he asked Christian for a hand. Christian went in to pull him out and both of them ended up falling into the water! It took three of the girls to finally pull them out of the foot and a half of water they were in. Stephi got pictures of the whole thing including one of me laughing so hard I literally couldn’t stand up. lol
Today was our last official day of observations for the course. Now we are just working on our research paper and the presentations that we have to give on Friday. We still have a couple of fun excursions and hikes planned before we leave here on Sunday. This trip has been so amazing but I am really looking forward to getting home to my own monkeys next week. J
On my list of jungle favorites: Spider Monkeys