Wild Things Zoofari’s owner, Courtney Pineda, supports protecting animals and their enviroments by providing information to help support our youth in the decision making for the future. She has been involved in the animal industry on both the medical and educational side for over 20 years. That gives her a true understanding of the proper care each species at her facility requires. She raises all of the animals from babies in her home with her family and other animals. When they become older they move outdoors with other species of their kind.
One of the first primates she worked with was a cotton top tamarin. A 3 pound critically endangered monkey from Colombia. That led to her love and support for Proyecto Titi, a program that assists in the survival of endangered cotton-top tamarins and their habitats through vast education and expanded knowledge to the locals.
Her true love lies with the Red-Ruffed Lemurs, a lesser primate, from Madagascar. In learning about this primate it opened up so much information about the country of Madagascar and it’s poverty levels. She ties in critical information about Madagascar and it’s survival when she teaches about the lemurs. Courtney also relates global events that are happening to current events here so the children and adults have a way to understand and relate to it. For example: Without lemurs the flora in Madagascar will slowly fade away over about 10 years. The lemurs are essencially the “farmers” of Madagascar. Ecotourism is a major income for the Malagasy people. The Lemurs are the heart of the countries survival.
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