Everything you need to know about our foundation
Francine Roy adopted Toutie, an orphaned capuchin monkey, in 2013 while living in the Bocas del Toro region of Panama. In order to give her the best possible life, Francine realized she needed to provide Toutie with plenty of space to express herself; a space away from any dangers.
In 2013, Francine and Toutie moved to Urraca Private Island, where they built a beautiful home among the mangroves. Over the years, Francine has adopted additional monkeys who were either abandoned by their pet owners, or found orphaned due to habitat loss or hunting in the wild. Now, all these monkeys belong to a troop where they can socialize, groom, and play with other monkeys every day.
Visitors come to our island to learn about the incredible primate biodiversity of Panama and the qualities that make each species (and each monkey) unique, but most of all, to leave our island with the powerful realization that monkeys are wild, social, and very smart beings who deserve to live in groups in the wild, not to be raised as pets.
What we do
We strive to provide other monkeys who weren’t as lucky as Toutie with a chance to be monkeys again, in a new home where their needs to socialize, belong, and become part of a troop will be satisfied.