As with the cryptic warriors of the clouds, hidden away from the outside world, there lives another inconspicuous creature, obscured by its habitat. Within these rain-soaked cloud forests live the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda), one of the rarest and least known monkeys in the “neotropics”—the tropical New World. These monkeys of the clouds were first documented by the great explorer and naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt in 1802 when he noticed the unique pelts being used as saddles on mules. Despite all his wandering, he never saw a live one. Yellow-tailed woolly monkeys live in such rugged terrain and at such high altitudes, they were long thought to be extinct until living specimens were finally seen by scientists in 1974. A team of researchers set out on foot to find them, but even after many days, did not see a single individual. It wasn’t until they returned to the small village of Pedro Ruiz Gallo, the intersection that takes you between Chachapoyas and Moyobamba, that to their astonishment, they saw a young yellow-tailed woolly monkey being kept as a pet.