Campaingn - Give capucin monkeys a happy christmas by giving them a better life
Capuchins monkeys are by far the most common species in the illegal pet trade in Peru. Every year we see dozens of these monkeys kept in horrific conditions. Unfortunately, there is no rescue centre in Peru that will take them in, hence either a blind eye is turned - people are allowed to violate the law and keep wild-caught monkeys as pets in really bad conditions - or the monkeys are confiscated by the government and destroyed. We are collecting donations which will be channelled directly into building enclosures that will provide a safe haven for capuchin monkeys.
We are hopping to raise 1,100 GBP (1800 USD) by the first of January 2014 to be added to the 1,400 GBP (2300 USD) already raised for this cause during the year. The enclosure will house a group of juvenile capuchin monkeys which are waiting to be rescued in Northern Peru,and provide them with first year of alimentation. We have an agreement with the rescue centre Biodiversity to accommodate and take care of the monkeys, preparing them for possible release in the future. Hopefully we can start building the enclosure this coming January and start rescuing the monkeys a few weeks later.
Please consider donating.
PRESS RELEASE - March against wildlife traffic in Ucayali!
Tuesday 3rd of December at 3pm. Leaving from the Plaza de Armas of Pucallpa.
The Ucayali Region is known nationally and internationally as one of the areas with the highest levels of illegal wildlife trafficking. Animals are continually sold in markets, as bushmeat and as pets, used as tourist attractions, or smuggled to coastal regions in Peru and outside the country. The forests of Ucayali are some the most biologicaly diverse forests worldwide, and the illegal wildlife trade is responsible for the loss of much of the region's natural wealth.
The march 's main objective is to raise awareness among residents of Ucayali region and its authorities, highlighting the issue and seeking urgent measures to save the biodiversity of this region. The media are invited to participate and be key players in this initiative and to help spread awareness of this important issue.
Visitors to our feild site
On 29th of October we were very honored to welcome Patrcia Wright and Noel Rowe to our La Esperanza field site. Dr. Wright was the first person ever to study night monkeys in Peru and we were able to showher a group of the endemic Peruvian night monkey (Aotus miconax) first hand. Dr. Rowe is head of Primate Conservation inc. (www.primate.org) who have supprted our work with grants on several occasions. As well as the night monkeys they also got to visit our yellow-tailed woolly monkey field site where they were able to observe this enigmatic species in the wild for the first time. During their time with us they also visited our new Ronda Run Conservation Area "The Monkeys' Jungle", which protects 320 ha of flooded forest in the Alto Mayo Valley.
NPC helps Andean bears
This week NPC took part in a planning session for the creation of a conservation corredor for the conservation of Andean Bears. The meeting, which took place in Chiclayo, involved experts on conservation and ecology of Andean bears as well as represenatives from regional governments throughout the north of Peru. The corredor will help connect fragmented forests in the departments of Amazonas, San Martin, lambayeque, Piura and Cajamarca. We will continue with this project as much of the bear habitat in these regions are also home to many primate species, including Peru's three endemic species and the focus of our conservation efforts.
Local conservation workshop in San Martin
On the 13-14th of November we took part in a workshop of local conservation initiators in San Martin, organized by the Regional Government and NGO's. During the event representatives from local groups shared experiences, demonstrated their advances, learnt about their rights and obligations and had the chance to exhibit and sell environmentally friendly products. Also, as part of the event, three Conservation Concessions we have worked on, together with the communities (Shitariyacu, Tres Quebradas and Sun angel's Gardens), signed their official contracts with the regional government for the administration of each area. The signing of these contracts is one of the last and the most important steps in the formal registration process.