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  • As part of our current anti wildlife trafficking campaign and our continuing fight against the illegal wildlife trade in Peru, we held more capacity building workshops for the diverse wildlife authorities (Environmental police, Port authorities, Regional Environmental Authorities, Rescue centres and other actors) in the cities of Tarapoto, Iquitos, Pucallpa y Chachapoyas, as well as visiting the municipal authorities of Lagunas which is one of the stops that traffickers make while transporting animals to market. During these workshops we gave presentations on the consequences of wildlife traffic for animals and ecosystems, animal welfare, zoonotic illness, wildlife management and rehabilitation and reintroduction of rescued wildlife. During these trips we also took the time to visit many local rescue centres as well as markets where wildlife is illegally sold. Once again we witnessed the terrible effect of this trade, finding many animals suffering in appalling conditions, as well as the incredible effort a few dedicated individuals and groups are making to try and give rescued wildlife the best opportunities possible.

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    Meet Chewie, a Critically Endangered San Martin titi monkey and our latest rescued baby monkey. He will stay in our care until he is old enough to travel to a suitable rescue centre. In the wild, Chewie would remain with his family group until he is old enough to find a mate, but unfortunately he will miss out on this vital experience. Chewie is in good health but has scars on his chin and the top of his head, probably from injuries sustained during his capture.
     
    You can help Chewie and other animals like him by donating. Click here to help Chewie and other animals like him.
     
     
  • Our latest publication is out now "Community conservation as a tool for primate conservation in Peru", published in the new UNESCO book "Primatology, Biocultural Diversity and Sustainable Development in Tropical Forests", product of a meeting held by UNESCO Mexico attended by NPC Peru's Nestor Allgas. Below are some screen shots of the book which will be freely available for download soon, we will post the link when it's ready.

     

  • Congratulations to NPC trustee Hannah Parathian for her latest publication in the International Journal of Primatology's special volume on Ethnoprimatology. The article is open access so please feel free to download and read it here.

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    In fulfilment of one of the principal aims of NPC, to improve degraded habitat for wildlife, this year we have created two reforestation campaigns, giving trees to villagers from Santa Rosa, La Florida, Miraflores and la Perla del Imaza. These campaigns stem from the reforestation work that we have carried out over many years, building a communal tree nursery which provides local villagers with native tree species to reforest their lands, plant living fences or provide shade for crops. In July and again in September we gave out approximately 4,000 trees, and we hope to soon begin planting for the 2019 campaigns.
     
     

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    As it seems virtually impossible that an adequate response from the government will be forthcoming, we have decided on a new course of action to try to reach an agreement with the land invaders living within the Gran Simacache Conservation Concession. We hope to be able to negotiate a deal where they will gain rights over the lands which they have worked on but will become partners in protecting the rest of the area. In early July 2018 we were able to reach the village of the invaders and speak with several of the group. The proposed dialogue was generally received with cautious enthusiasm but encountered strong resistance from some of the invaders. We held an official meeting with the entire village and other groups on 20th October where we presented our proposal. Unfortunately, the community have decided that they want to gain control over a much larger area then they currently use, as such we could not reach an agreement with them, but have scheduled another meeting to continue the dialogue.

  • 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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