The International Primatological Society’s (IPS) Effort to Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Punta Santiago Community as well as Cayo Santiago (“Monkey Island”)
Punta Santiago Families Need Your Help!
Help us help the people of Punta Santiago, whose homes and communities were devastated by Hurricane Maria, to rebuild their lives. When the community is restored, these people can continue their work in sustaining the lives of the primates on the likewise devastated island of Cayo Santiago, otherwise known as “Monkey Island” – the longest-running primate field site in the world (since 1938).
On the last trip, we were proudly able to contribute our work and resources to over nine families, helping to repair and rebuild their homes and to provide desperately needed items like mattresses, gas stoves and building materials. We were also happy to be able to distribute an assortment of toys to the neighborhood kids. As we worked, our hearts were warmed to find that the people of the community are like a family – folks riding by on bicycles would stop, not only to offer their assistance, but also to offer to share with the sweat-covered volunteers their precious stores of water.