We released the animals today. Zemí is an ideal site for this sort of research; it is large and isolated but quite desolate. Our hope is that, given the rather short generations of the rhesus monkeys, we will be able to rather quickly see how they adapt to an environment with no natural water yet no natural predators.

Naturally, the assumption has been that all 66 animals will die within a few days, but based on my research into the Barbary macaques in the Atlas Mountain, I believe that this will not be the case. In fact, I think that social and behavioral adaptations could be observable very soon, and that these will allow the animals to survive, if not thrive.

In either case, the research team is well-supplied for now and our base in the old lighthouse and naval station is quite comfortable.

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