Workshop in Peru

Yesterday NPC participated in a workshop with the Peruvian Forestry Service, the San Martin Regional Government and representatives of many local conservation areas. The Forestry Service is looking to improve the Peruvian governments response to the needs of local reserve administrators and is carrying out a series of workshops, this is the second that we have participated in, to hear recommendations from the different actors. We look forward to seeing the positive results on-the-ground!

Supporting Community Conservation

Thanks to a grant from the Rasmussen Family Foundation, we were recently very happy to be able to donate equipment necessary for conservation to two of the community conservation groups that we help in protect the reserves they manage.

We gave cameras, laptops, projectors, GPS units, memory cards and printers, to the local associations protecting the Gran Simacache and Jardines Angel del Sol Conservation Concessions in San Martin, Peru.

These protected areas cover a combined area of over 50,000 ha, it’s is thanks to donations like this that these small farming communities are able to protect the forests they depend on for survival as well as all the primates and other species living in them.

Please continue to support our work!

Environmental Education in Pucallpa

We are pleased to be able to continue our environmental education work in Pucallpa, Peru.

Here are some photos of today’s environmental education activities in the Jose Abelardo Quiñones González primary school in Pucallpa. Our good friend Kevin Arnold Huamán Huamani, with the help of Sandra Gonzales Delgado, have been doing activities in 4 classes and will continue this work in many more schools throughout the city for the next 3 weeks. NPC Peru is supporting this work, together with SERFOR and other institutions.

The activities included some wonderful drawing and colouring, as you can see here in the pictures.

Ocelot Rescue

Here is our latest rescue, an Ocelot that the authorities of Corral Quemado in Amazonas. He was seized from a trafficker and will stay with us until we can send him on to a good rescue centre.

Ocelots are nocturnal mammals that spend most of the day resting before coming out to hunt for a variety of prey at night. They can also swim and have been known to fish in rivers. Ocelots are currently threatened by habitat loss and wildlife trafficking.

Your donations help us help animals like this one, please continue your support by donating here!

NPC Merchandise

NPC had a stall at the Primate Society of Great Britain meeting at the Powell-Cotton museum in Kent. If you were there we hope you said hello and maybe even bought a little gift for yourself or someone else. If you didn’t manage to make it to the stall, remember that all merchandise is available for mail order, just contact us here or via Facebook Messenger.

Currently available are:
T-shirts (Green, Olive or White) – £14
Bookmarks – 50p
Pin badges – £1

Merchandise on sale at the Spring PSGB Meeting

Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey featured on new Peruvian Coin

The yellow tailed woolly monkey is now featured on a special edition of the Peruvian One sol coin as part of a series of the Threatened Species of Peru. NPC were invited to participate and have supplied videos, photos and information about the species. It’s great to see footage of our monkeys used in the official video for the launch of the coin by the Central Reserve Bank of Peru (footage shot by Nestor Allgas and Lorena Fernandez).

Anti-trafficking Workshops

For the last few weeks, we’ve been busy running a series of workshops designed to help prosecutors, environmental police and other wildlife authorities and forestry officials identify and intervene in instances of illegal wildlife trade.  Such workshops are a run regularly, and each time we focus on a different theme.  For example, last time we focused on the veterinary care of rescued animals.

This time around, we’re honoured to be joined by US Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Roger Turnell.  Based at the US embassy in Lima, Roger works all over Latin America and has over 20 years enforcement experience. Last week, we brought Roger to Belen market in Iquitos and sadly, but not surprisingly, there were thousands of animal carcasses for sale; primarily deer and caimans, but others, too.  Monkey meat was being sold very cheaply.

Workshops have already been held in Iquitos, and are due to begin in Chachapoyas and Tarapoto over the coming few weeks. In addition to Roger’s presentation, NPC’s own Sam Shanee, Nestor Allgas and Catalina Ocampo Carvajal spoke about our anti trafficking social media campaign, the environmental implications of wildlife trafficking, and the fundamental importance of wildlife to the region.

Unfortunately, extremely high turnover is very common for enforcement-related staff in this region. For example, although we’ve held workshops in Iquitos on numerous occasions, only one attendee this time had been in post long enough to have attended a previous workshop. Taken together with a lack of training and, at times, a lack of will to carry out this important work, it’s incredibly important that we carry on with these sessions. We want to extend our sincere thanks to Lush for funding this series of workshops, and to the authorities of Iquitos, Tarapoto and Chachapoyas for taking part.

This was part of a project developed in partnership with the Colombian Primatológica Association and financed by USFWS International Affairs.