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At the end of September, we welcomed new team member Alejandro del La Fuente to Peru. Alejandro is a Spanish field biologist and will be with us for the next 6 months helping to habituate a new group of Critically Endangered yellow tailed woolly monkeys (Lagothrix flavicauda) and set up a new field site in the 8,000 ha Bosques de Sinaí Conservation Concession near Uchiza, Peru. He will also be helping to train local field guides as well as informing neighbouring communities about conservation and research work. MSc student Lorena Fernandez, from Girona University and Mona Foundation, has been carrying out research on social networks in a group of yellow tailed woolly monkeys (Lagothrix flavicauda) since July. The objective being to see in what manner group members interact and if there are differences based on sex, age and even the simple location of the individual. The analysis will help understand how the group is organized, whether there are dominant individuals, or particular members of the group key to its survival, individual friendships between individuals and what specific roles members of the group have depending on their age/sex/classes. Also, since the start of October we have been carrying out a short investigation into the diversity and viability of seeds dispersed by yellow tailed woolly monkeys (L. flavicauda) and Peruvian night monkeys (Aotus miconax). This study will shed light on the importance of these species in forest regeneration and their roles in increasing connectivity between forest fragments. We will have preliminary results very soon.

 

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