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.
  • 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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