Please do not feed the wildlife!

Among our various environmental practices, we STRONGLY believe in keeping the wildlife wild. We do not support feeding or baiting of the wildlife. Sierpe is largely untouched by development so finding wildlife to observe is usually very easy. We want to maintain a healthy ecosystem so by NOT feeding the wildlife, this is one small step we can take.

There are several compelling reasons to NOT feed the wildlife:

  • Monkeys and other animals can become aggressive if accustomed to humans feeding them. They have sharp teeth and will bite.

  • Monkeys and other wildlife have feas, ticks, parasites and can give diseases if you come in close contact with them and we can give them diseases too by interacting with them causing them to get sick and die! The exact opposite of what you want for them

  • It teaches the animals to not be afraid of humans. It’s their instinct to be afraid of us (and for good reason, humans KILL a lot of wildlife every year).

  • Wild animals do not eat human food like crackers or other processed foods and it is unhealthy for them to consume foods like this. Additionally, they do not gorge themselves on fresh ripe fruit unless it is part of the hunting and gathering process so plates of perfectly ripe food left in the same place everyday encourages them to become lazy and not eat the variety of foods necessary for a healthy balanced diet.

  • Wild animals have specialized diets, and they can become malnourished or die if fed the wrong foods.

  • Animals cannot distinguish food from wrappers or foil and can get sick eating these items.

  • It might draw them into unsafe conditions such as encouraging them to cross the road or hang out too close to the ground making them vulnerable to predators and automobile accidents.

  • It’s illegal!

If any of the hotels or tour operators feed the monkeys with any type of food including fruit,
Please let us know!!!!