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This week we started mammal censuses in our La Esperanza study site in Peru. We first censused this are in 2008, the first long term census of any yellow tailed woolly monkey population. From this study we were able to calculate the density of this species in the forests of La Esperanza. Now we are starting a new census which will take place for the next 12 months. We know that since our arrival to La Esperanza the hunting of this species has reduced dramatically and has probably stopped completely in most areas of the community, so we are curious to see if the monkey population has increased. Also, we were very happy to see that no new forest area has been cleared in and around the study site since we finished our last census. These forests are property of the community members and before we arrived they were rapidly disappearing to make new fields. We are very pleased to discover that again that the community members have followed their decision to halt deforestation and are improving their agricultural methods to avoid the need to clear more forest.

During this field trip which was dedicated to cleaning the census trails, we found three groups of yellow tailed woolly monkeys and two groups of white fronted capuchin monkeys, all happily swinging trough the trees.{jcomments on}

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