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The project

The APCT has been coordinating the yellow-tailed woolly monkey project since 2004. By providing local people with a sustainable way of producing coffee, we get their support for our conservation goals. Farmers who previously had to cut down hectares of the forest for their livestock, now only need a one hectare coffee plantation to generate enough income. We buy this coffee at a fair price and then serve it to our visitors!


  • Since its inception in 2004, coffee production has risen to 9,000 kilos per year. We buy the coffee at a fair price and we then serve and sell this Lazy Monkey coffee in our park.
  • In 2012, a nature reserve of 46,000 hectares was declared a protected area in the Los Chilchos valley.
  • The local population helps us to protect the cloud forest.
  • Even outside the nature reserve, farmers hardly ever cut down and burn forest anymore.
  • The project received an honourable mention from the Peruvian Ministry of Environment.
  • We teach children about protecting nature with educational programmes.
  • In 2017, an Apenheul expedition team went to look for the yellow-tailed woolly monkey. The team succeeded in taking the very first film footage of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey. Given that the yellow-tailed woolly monkey had last been seen in 2009, our project has had a real impact!

What else can you do?

  • Drink Lazy Monkey coffee! We serve it at our park’s catering facilities and sell it at our souvenir shop to take home with you. Drink Lazy Monkey coffee and you’ll be helping the farmers and animals of Peru.
  • Transfer your donation to the account number below. The name of the account is, ‘Apenheul Primate Conservation Trust’. Add the reference: ‘Yellow-tailed woolly monkey project’ and 100% of your donation will go to the yellow-tailed woolly monkey project.
    IBAN: NL06TRIO0197986145

The next step

On 11 January 2016, Los Chilchos was hit by a natural disaster. A large mud avalanche destroyed the plant and the manager's house. The Apenheul Primate Conservation Trust therefore raised money to rebuild the project. Thanks to generous donations from the Netherlands, and lots of hard work, the new coffee plant is up and running again! But now it’s now time for the next step…