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19-Caged Squirrel Monkeys

MANAUS, BRAZIL. A pair of squirrel monkeys caged in a rescue centre turned zoo in the Amazon rainforest. The animals in this zoo were rescued from the illegal pet trade and, like many others, are unfit to be returned to the wild.

This image is part of an investigative project designed to investigate the impact of the selfie phenomenon on wildlife. During this assignment it became apparent that many tourists join tours to engage in wildlife ecotourism, unaware that the activities are often unregulated, illegal and cruel.

Animals used in these activities can die due to mishandling and severe, constant stress. Tour guides who are either lying or being lied to themselves pre-empt possible concerns by assuring tourists that these activities are harmless to the animals and that they help the local communities.