The 1,591 ha Conservation Concession Shitariyacu is managed by a local committee of villagers from the village of Ricardo Palma with help from NPC and the Titi Monkey Project.

This conservation area is home to the endemic and Critically Endangered San Martin Titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) and other primate species such as the Red Howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), Saddleback Tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis) and a host of other endemic and endangered animals.

The primary rainforest in Shitariyacu in one of the most deforested areas of Peru. Shitariyacu borders another Conservation Concession we are working towards with the village of Bagazan. Together the two areas will protect approximately 6,000 ha of habitat.

San Martin suffers from the highest deforestation rates in Peru with nearly 85% of the region completely deforested. The main threats to wildlife and forests in this area are clearcutting for pasture and logging concessions. The local people from the villages of Ricardo Palma and Bagazan are committed to conservation, not only through the registration of these reserves but also through their decision to cultivate organic cacao.