We are really excited to share with you the launch of Neotropical Primate Conservation Argentina, the latest member of the NPC family, joining NPC UK, NPC Peru, and NPC Colombia!

Over the coming weeks we will be updating the site with information about the primates, people, and projects which will form part of this new stage in our work.

Argentina is home to five species of primate, which inhabit different forest types in the northern part of the country, especially in the provinces of Formosa, Chaco, Corrientes, Misiones, Salta, Jujuy, and Santa Fe. Some of these species are threatened with extinction, including the brown howler monkey (Alouatta guariba clamitans) which is listed as Critically Endangered in Argentina, and listed as one of the world’s 25 most threatened primate species. Similarly, the spectacular black and gold howler monkey (Alouatta caraya), Azara’s night monkey (Aotus azarae), and Azara’s capuchin (Sapajus cay) are all listed as Vulnerable in Argentina, and the black horned capuchin (Sapajus nigritus) which is listed as Vulnerable in Argentina and Near Threatened by the IUCN. Habitat loss and hunting are the main threats these species, and understanding their ecological and conservation needs will be priorities for our work.

Argentina has a long history of investigation in the field and lab based studies on genetics, hormones, and parasites, and is one of the most advanced countries in the neotropics with regards to primatology. Studies have been, or continue to be, carried out by researchers at all levels in academia, and perhaps most importantly there has been an increase in the number of students carrying out their Ph.D. research at different field sites in the country. A legacy we aim to build on in our work.

NPC and Quarantine

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.

Education Activities in Santa Cecelia, Colombia

During September and November the NPC Colombia team were in Santa Cecilia Colombia developing the ground work for future environmental education work focused on primate conservation, as well as helping in the biodiversity festival organized each year by the Pio XII school. All the activites were led by our volunteers Jennifer Rey-Goyeneche and Rosie Street, giving all their love and energy to the project. Many thanks to them both and to the community of Santa Cecilia.

We hope you enjoy the short video presentation they made covering the amazing project.