An expedition to the Gran Simacache Conservation Concesssion
We are now elaborating management plans for all the reserves we have made. This involves visiting all the reserves and surrounding villages to decide what would be the best social and ecological strategies to conserve these areas. Our first field trip was to our biggest Conservation Concession El Gran Simacache. We visited the reserve from the East, a different side to our last visits, and although we heard and saw footprints of diverse wildlife, it was very hard to see these animals. This is due to the many hunters and land invaders who are still threatening the forests of this reserve, making wildlife very wary of people. Another problem is that 10,000 ha of this 50,000 ha conservation concession was mistakenly given by the regional government of San Martin both to us and to a logging company, EMARI; a company which is already working in the area in a very non-sustainable, destructive way.
The prospect of this company working in El Gran Simacache, bring more land invaders and hunters to the area hoping to enjoy a new road network and jobs, offered by the company. This logging operation would be devastating for the local fauna and flora we are set to protect.
Luckily, the ‘Association of Farmers for the Conservation of the Natural Forests of Simacache’ which is responsible for the conservation management of this reserve for the next 40 years, is committed to fight all these threats in every way available and we are committed to helping them!
NPC Newsletter Vol. 24
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First Federation of Community Conservationists
On Tuesday the 14th we organized the first of a serious of workshops to bring together local conservationists and conservation organizations. The Idea behind these workshops is to bring local actors into contact with each other to strengthen capacities and resolve to continue conserving Peru’s forests and animals. The workshop, organized by NPC and Dr. Robert Horwich of Community Conservation, the Regional Government of San Martin and AMPA, with the help of Proyecto Mono Tocon, was held in the City of Huicungo, home to Rio Abiseo National Park. Over 60 local conservationists from 7 associations were able to attend. Collectively these organizations and associations are protecting over 300,000 ha of some of the world’s most endangered habitats, many of these areas are home to the San Martin Titi Monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), one of the world’s 25 most endangered primate species. This is the first of several workshops we will be running in Amazonas and San Martin over the coming weeks. Hopefully each meeting will form the basis for the formation of local federations of conservation projects that will be able to coordinate and help support each other in the future.
More Wildlife Rescued
Yesterday we participated in the rescue of three more animals in Sauce, San Martin. In our last visit to the place on the 18th of April we have found many animals kept in awful conditions and used as tourist attractions (Click here to read more). Yesterday it was clear that the villagers now understand better the legal complications related to keeping and using wildlife for profit and all animals we have found, were handed over to the authorities voluntarily. The woman who refused to turn in the infant howler monkey had changed her mind and the little monkey is now safe in IkamaPeru rescue centre. A juvenile capuchin and a boa constrictor were also rescued. We are very happy with the results of these two visits. The authorities in the area showed high enthusiasm in rescuing the animals and promised to make sure that illegal wildlife uses will not return. We will be coming back to the area very soon, first to give talks to the local authorities and public about wildlife traffic and its problems as well as to check out a few leads given to us by local people about other places where they know wildlife is kept illegally.
We would like to thank very much to the wildlife authorities of San Martin especially to Vladimir Paredes Palomino, to the public prosecutor of Sauce Jose Miranda Bautista and to the police of Sauce, all handled the situation very efficiently and professionally.
Large population of long whiskered owlet found at La Esperanza, Amazonas
During the last few months Ornithologist Alejandro “Apu” Alarcón Pardo has been carrying out the first scientific study of the long whiskered owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi) at NPC’s cloud forest site of “La Esperanza” – Yambrasbamba, Amazonas. Alejandro is a volunteer at NPC and thesis student of San Marcos University. His study focuses on population densities and behaviour of the species. Preliminary results have confirmed a very high number of long whiskered owlets at our field site.
We hope the presence of this owlet and other birds such as Speckle-chested Piculet (Picumnus steindachneri), Rusty-tinged Antpitta (Grallaria przewalskii), Ochre-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula flavirostris) and the Johnsons toddy tyrant (Poecilotriccus luluae) will help bring tourism to the area; the benefits of which go directly to the people of La Esperanza who are protecting these species in their lands.