Everything you need to know about how we made our dream a reality
Francine Roy adopted Toutie, an orphaned, infant capuchin monkey, in 2009 while living in the Bocas del Toro region of Panama. In order to give her the best life possible, Francine realized she needed to provide Toutie with plenty of space to express herself; a space away from any dangers.
In 2011, 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 creatures that should never be raised as pets.
We provide lifelong, quality care for Panamanian monkeys. We work hard to ensure our current residents (and the ones to come) are given the best life possible.
We strive to provide other monkeys who weren’t as lucky as Toutie with a new chance to be monkeys again, instead of pets or subjects of our entertainment.