Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) was founded by Sam and Noga Shanee and Lizzie Cooke in 2007. It began as a non-profit organization and was awarded UK charity status in August 2009 (Registered Charity number 1131122). NPC was set up in order to promote the conservation of Neotropical forest habitat and wildlife through various means. These include: land protection; research; improvement of degraded habitat for wildlife; creation of public awareness; and facilitation of the commercialisation of sustainable, ecological products on behalf of local people. Since 2007 NPC has been using the Critically Endangered yellow tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda), the Critically Endangered Rio Mayo titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) and the Vulnerable Peruvian night monkey (Aotus miconax) as “flagship species” for conservation in the Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot of North-Eastern Peru. We aim to create private and community-run reserves that will protect major areas of the natural biological corridors connecting existing protected areas. This will ensure long term habitat protection for our three endemic flagship species and other sympatric species. Through this work we help local communities strengthen their stewardship of nature as well as their traditional and cultural identities, benefiting both humans and the environment. We are proud to be a small charity, operating with limited resources but with abundant commitment. We run dozens of low cost projects that have already proven successful, and we use our experiences to globally promote efficient conservation.
-The NPC team