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Conservation Concession Gran Simacache, San Martin

El Gran SimacacheThis 51,000 ha reserve is about 8 hours up river from the city of Juanjui in San Martin and holds some of the least spoilt forests in the region. While visiting the area as part of the creation process, we found a very healthy and dense population of the Critically Endangered Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), which means that this will be the biggest protected area available for this species. We also found tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella), Black-headed owl monkeys (Aotus nigriceps), red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus) and little, beautiful pygmy marmosets (Cebuella pygmaea) the worlds smallest monkey species, as well as a great abundance of tapirs, jaguars and deer.

 Other primates that inhabit this area are the endemic Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax) white bellied spider monkey, (Ateles Belzebuth), white fronted capuchin (Cebus albifrons) and squirrel monkey (saimiri sp.).

 Conserving this area was initiated by the local association ‘farmers for the Conservation of the Natural Forests of Simacache’. It is a small association of 10 members which has put a lot of time, money and effort into their dream to have this special area protected. NPC had been helping the association with the technical and legal aspects of the reserve creation and are now supporting them in maintaining it.

 The reserve was officially registered last December with the Regional Government of San Martin under resolution: 534-2012/GRSM/ARA/DEARN

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