The La Vereda de Xcalacoco Animal and Environmental Sanctuary will be a national sanctuary for spider monkeys after many of these animals were rescued and brought to the sanctuary after being displaced by the construction of hotels in the area.
Jorge Fuentes, director of the sanctuary, explained that after talking with representatives of the Xaman Ha Environmental Watch Committee, it was determined not to relocate the monkeys.
Two groups of monkeys call the sanctuary their home, and it is important to continue to protect this species in danger of extinction. The sanctuary may install tracking chips in the monkeys later to gather information about their behavior. To discourage the monkeys from looking to humans for food, fruit trees from their native region will be planted.
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