The latest Neotropical Primate Conservation newsletter is out now. To read about how we’ve been getting on in the field during these uncertain times, click here.
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.
Please feel free to use these infographics about Covid-19. And remember to keep your 36 pygmy marmoset distance from other people!
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.
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.