Last week we visited the community of La Esperanza and the forests where we carry out the bulk of our research. This was the first time we have been able to visit since the national lock down began in March. We were very happy to see that no new deforestation has occurred in the area.
At the end of last week we were called to help with the rescue of an adult male black spider monkey (Ateles Chamek), an Endangered species that was being kept in a small cage in Tocache in Southern San Martin, Peru.
Once the operation started the authorities also found another baby black spider monkey and a Critically Endangered yellow tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda)! These last two were being kept together in a hanging bird cage.
None of the animals had any enrichment and the cages were far too small. Thanks to the quick work of the San Martin regional environmental authority and our long time collaborator Gabriel Garcia, who was working nearby at the time, the three animals were rescued and have all now been sent to rescue centres.
As these are all endangered species the punishment under Peruvian law is more severe and we hope that the wildlife authorities will use this power to properly prosecute the criminals involved.
Many thanks to IPPL and our private donors for continuing to fund our rescue and anti-trafficking work, without this support we wouldn’t be able to help animals like these.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has affected our work in the field, we have had several recent publications in scientific journals. We have our publications available to view at any time, so feel free to have a rummage!
Thanks to a generous donation from one of our supporters, we have been able to send much needed economic help to the local conservation association who are protecting the Gran Simacache Conservation Concession in San Martin, Peru. For 2 months Peru has been in lock down and the association members haven’t been able to get to their fields or open their businesses. Thankfully we have now been able to help them buy essential foods and other goods to keep them going until the current crisis ends.
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NPC is still very busy during this period of quarantine. Although here in Peru we have to stay at home, and we ourselves can’t visit the reserves we help protect, the local conservation groups that we work with continue some of their activities. We recently got a report for the villagers of La Primavera who are protecting an area of over 7,500 ha, during recent work building a new control post they were able to get a few quick photos of the Endangered white-bellied spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth) one of the flagship species of the reserve.
Yesterday, we had a shocking call about a juvenile ocelot that had been attacked by dogs in the street. It seems the animal was an escaped pet that someone had been keeping illegally. The initial surgery went well, and we are hoping that he will respond well to treatment.
And just two weeks into the year and another rescued animal. This time a young woolly monkey bought in a local market and kept as a pet. We are still trying to find a permanent home for him, but until then we need to make sure he’s fed and cared for, as well as getting all his health checks done. Please keep up your support so we can keep helping animals like him.
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It’s only the 5th of January and we already have our first rescue of the year, a baby Ocelot. We don’t know his story yet, but tomorrow we will start with the paperwork and with finding him a good home in a rescue centre.
He is doing well but his test results came back positive for multiple types of intestinal and skin parasites, most probably due to poor care after his capture and proximity to domestic animals. We have just given him his first treatment and hope he will fully recover soon.