HealthShare International started with a search for the Bearded Saki monkey scientifically known as Chiropotes israelita. In 2000, our executive director, Dyan Summers, a nurse practitioner and an amateur primatologist, was in the sixth year of her personal and ongoing attempt to see as many species of living primates as possible in her lifetime. Using what was essentially a random “throw the dart at a map” pattern, Venezuela became the next destination on her country list. 

Dyan contacted Venezuela’s award winning NOLS certified naturalist guide, Arturo Garcia, and contracted with him to create a special tropical rainforest expedition. The expedition, which started in the Caura River Basin of Southern Venezuela, required travel by dugout canoe deep into the jungle. During the expedition, the group stayed overnight at one of the Ye’kwana tribal villages known as Nichare.