We are returning to #Ecuador in #2022 to provide updated equipment and training. Your donation provides resources for Indigenous peoples of Latin America guarding the regions' endangered forests. "Indigenous peoples of Latin America are by far the best guardians of the regions' forests..."-UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
Tree climbing is a skill used for generations within these communities. We respect their ancestral knowledge. Tree Monkey project provides equipment and training to evolve forest caretakers to climb taller trees, more safely. We are committed to three or more visits to each community. Our goal is to produce trainers within Indigenous communities to continue tree climbing for sustainable harvesting, forest stewardship, research, eco-tourism, and fun. Thank you for your donation and please let us know if you are interested in joining us on an eco tour.
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Our journey begins
Our journey begins on the Amazon river. Water is life.
Our guide navigates
It takes a plane, automobile, boat, and mule to get there.
A young member of the Kichwa community wants us to stop talking and start climbing.
Donations are essential to providing the equipment required for safe tree climbing. Thank you for your donation.
Ladi welcomes us.
Ladi, secretary for the conservation property, Tamia Yura, welcomes us.
Attaching the rope to harness
Safety comes first. All climbers are checked and follow safety procedures. Photo taken during our 2014 training introduction.
Ascending into the tree
A Kichwa man begins his first ascent during our 2014 introduction to tree climbing.
Safety gear required
A young Kichwa member tries on climbing gear. We provide and donate climbing gear to the community.
Knot tying practice
The Kichwa practicing knot tying during our 2015 training.
Elders understand the fine art of lounging, 45 feet up in the canopy during the 2015 Secoya training introduction.
Captain Monkey trains
the next generation of climbers.
A Kichwa student utilizing her training in the field.
The Big Shot
We use this to get the rope in the tree.
Kichwa women prepping
We require and provide safety gear for all climbers.
The new view
A view from the canopy down to the crew.
Carlos gives a thumbs up to tree climbing.
Carlos Cerda Grefa is using his skills to trim trees and help researchers from the local university.
We check all systems before ascending.
Ladi enjoying the view
Nature provides and soothes.
Benjamin and Carlos taking notes
Tree Monkey Project believes in sustainable training and strives to have local leaders become trainers.
We made it!
A happy climber is a successful day.
2015 Graduation Photo
2016 Graduation Photo
Generations of knowledge
Would you like to know more? Let us know if you are interested in an eco tour to Ecuador.
Huge Cieba Tree
It is important to explore and respect the diversity of our forests.
Sonja displays the "Girlfriend Kisses" flower for us. Can you guess how it received the name?
Assistant Trainer, Jonathon Miller Weisberg, sips a bowl of chicha. It is good manners to finish the whole bowl in one sitting.
We are looking forward to returning in 2022.
Your donation directly benefits Indigenous climbers and the forests they protect.
In the beginning...
In October of 2015 James Reed started our pilot project providing technical tree climbing training to families of the Kichwa and Secoya cultures within the Amazon forest of Ecuador. We are thankful to Ladi, the secretary for conservation of the Tamia Yura property, where we held the first course for the Kichwa and to Jonathan Miller Weisberger, who guided, interpreted and assisted in our first climbing trainings.
We are returning to #Ecuador in #2022 to provide updated equipment and training. Your donation provides resources for Indigenous peoples of Latin America guarding the regions' endangered forests.
Tree Monkey Project is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, a California nonprofit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service 20-0879422.