Fundación Ecologica Santa Fe in Colombia, has been playing a vital role in the conversation and protection of the environment. Several efforts lead to the idea of, creating a zoological park called the “Forest of Independence”, where the foundation could conserve, protect and rehabilitate various animals, birds and reptile species. Fundación Ecologica Santa Fe, runs a special program under which it rehabilitates and returns back the Colombian monkey to its natural habitat. Most of these Colombian monkeys are confiscated from people involved in illegal wildlife trafficking. Colombia's habitat destruction from agricultural expansion and the cultivation of coca plants threatens the survival of many such species.
To increase awareness and raise funds for this effort, Ecologica Santa Fe trains local women in making these plush monkey toys and accessories. These women belong to Pintada, a village near the Pan- American highway. Being a rest stop for truck drivers, there is a large number of children in this village without fathers. Most women in this village are single mothers, and crafting these products, has given them a much needed source of income, and their children hope for a better future.
Currently, the park is spread in four hectares and exhibits about, 220 mammals, 473 birds and 229 reptiles, a total of 922 individual animals and 238 species. Most of the animals belong to the Central and South American regions. The park has managed to acheive its objectives of education, recreation and scientific knowledge, and is oriented to preserve the different ecosystems that reside inside.
This squirrel monkey scarf is a great accessory for the winters. Available in two sizes, for animal loving kids and adults. The plush fabric makes it soft and warm around the neck. Support the monkeys in Colombia by sporting this unique scarf this season!
These plush puppets, toys and accessories are handmade by women from Colombia - a much needed source of income for their families. Further, these toys help Eco-Colombia support and fund the rehabilitation and conservation of illegally trafficked monkeys. Purchase of these products will support the women, children, and monkeys in Colombia.
Adult scarf measures 31” long x 4” wide, 51” long w/ body
As part of the Ecological Artisan Project, these craftspeople only need one fallen tree, with its roots and branches, to work for an entire year! The men, women, children, and elderly are all able to participate from their homes, earning enough to support their families and help the rural community thrive. The single tree is worked into hundreds of smooth and elegant bracelets, earrings, and salad servers.
The Ecological Artisan Project improves the quality of life for more than 50 families in El Remate, conserves and protects thousands of hectares of forest and the lives of the animals that call it home, as well as continuing to raise consciousness of the respect and consideration that our natural resources deserve.