Scientific Investigation in Perú

One of the main focuses of our work is scientific investigation of primates and their habitats, as well as the species and communities that share their home. As we often work with some of the least known and rarest species, much of this investigation concentrates on bringing knowledge of the species’ conservation status and needs up-to-date.
This can include distribution surveys on local, national, and even international scales, as well as surveys of population sizes and densities, diet and feeding ecology, activity patterns, and home range sizes. This all provides the baseline information needed to properly plan and implement effective conservation strategies.

This work has led to the discovery of new populations of Critically Endangered yellow tailed woolly monkeys (Lagothrix flavicauda) and the raising of the international conservation status of the Peruvian night monkey (Aotus miconax) from Vulnerable to Endangered on the IUCN Redlist of threatened species. We also use the results of investigations to monitor the long term outcomes of our conservation work, for example, a second study of yellow tailed woolly monkey population densities revealed an increase of ~30% at our main research site after seven years of work, and in another study we showed the natural re-colonization and growth of a population of Critically Endangered San Martin titi monkeys in a reforested Private Conservation Area, proving the applicability of these activities for similar species and sites across Peru.

To develop in-country capacity, we offer free internships and thesis opportunities to Peruvian and Latin students from across the continent, many of whom have gone on to study for their Master’s degrees and PhDs and continue to work in conservation. We also encourage them to present their projects at scientific meetings, and publish their results in peer reviewed journals. A complete list of publications by NPC and our collaborators can be found on our publications page, many of which are open access and free to read.