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Last week we had an amazing trip to carry out the first studies of wildlife in the new Gran Simacache Reserve we have begun in Peru. This 51,000 ha reserve is about 8 hours up river from the city of Juanjui in San Martin and holds some of the least spoilt forests in the region. While there we found a very healthy and dense population of the Critically Endangered Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), which means that this will be the biggest protected area available for this species. We also found tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella), red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus) and the little, beautiful pygmy marmosets (Cebuella pygmaea). We found a great abundance of tapirs, jaguars and deer. Un-fortunately, even in this remote forest, we found evidence of illegal hunting and logging making it even more important to continue with this work and ensure the protection of this area.

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