After a year or so in various levels of lockdown it’s been great to be able to work in the field again. Last week the NPC Peru team and local volunteers began work clearing the area for the new tree nursery we are building with the Universidad Nacional de San Martin for our joint reforestation efforts.
Yesterday we were very pleased to be able to help the wildlife authorities of San Martin with transport and medical tests for two common woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagothricha). These victims of illegal wildlife trafficking were being transferred to a rescue centre in Loreto. Thankfully they were given a clean bill of health and we were able to send them immediately. At their new home they will have more space and be able to mix with others of their species, and maybe even return to the wild in the future.
It’s always exciting to go through camera trap photos! Here’s a selection from the latest batch, the star of the show is definitely the ocelot for sure, we confirmed the species at the site previously, but this is the first time we’ve caught it on camera trap.
Thanks to our conservation efforts for primates we are also protecting many other species with which they share their forest home.
A massive congratulations to the authors, including NPC Peru board member Patricia Mendoza, on this new paper out today in the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group journal Primate Conservation “Challenges to IUCN Guideline Implementation in the
Rehabilitation and Release of Trafficked Primates in Peru”
The paper can be downloaded freely from this link
Thanks to very generous grants from the International Primate Protection League and one private donor we are able to help the Environmental Authorities of San Martin and Loreto, Peru, with much needed travel kennels, GPS units and a drone for their continued fight against the illegal wildlife trade and destruction of the Amazon forests.
You too can make donations to our projects or for equipment to help us in Peru and Colombia (You just need to visit our website www.neoprimate.org and click on the donate button)
Many thanks to the Autoridad Regional Ambiental of San Martin. This evening we were able to help in an emergency translocation of a tree porcupine. The young animal had entered someone’s house from a nearby forest fragment, and luckily we were able to return it to the wild in a larger area of forest nearby.
NPC Colombia were recently visited by Rev_Earth from France, who came to film the conservation work we do with the local community. While in the area around the village of Santa Cecilia, Risaralda, they were lucky enough to encounter the projects flagship species, the Colombian black spider monkey (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris)!
See their work at: Rêv-Earth | Facebook
Did you know NPC is a signatory of the Alliance of World Scientists warning to humanity of the Climate Emergency? You can watch the latest Climate Emergency video which outlines 6 steps needed to save the planet:
1) Energy – Swiftly phase out fossil fuels
2) Short-lived pollutants – Quickly cutting emissions of methane, black carbon (soot), hydrofluorocarbons and other short-lived climate pollutants.
3) Nature – Restore and protect natural ecosystems such as forests, mangroves, wetlands and grasslands.
4) Food – A shift toward eating more plant-based foods and consuming fewer animal products, especially beef.
5) Economy – Transition to a carbon-free economy.
6) Population – The global population must be stabilized using approaches such as supporting education for all girls and women.
or read the report article here: https://bit.ly/3nk4QX