Conservation Work in Peru Recognized at Primate Conference
Projects Abroad’s Conservation Project in Peru recently received recognition for the work they have been doing at our base, the Taricaya Research Center.
The Conservation Project’s animal rescue center is based deep in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest and has been recognized by the Peruvian government as the best and most effective of its kind in the country.
Raul Bello, Head of the Rescue Center at Taricaya, was invited to present our latest research and work at a primate conference in Iquitos from the 7th to the 10th of November. Other organizations, such as the IUCN and the World Wildlife Fund, were at the conference and had already heard of the work being done at Taricaya.
The conference was centered on the primate species in Peru. One of our many release programs at Taricaya focuses on Black Spider Monkeys (Ateles chamek) and works to help this endangered species. Raul presented our work on Spider Monkeys dealing with our successful reintroductions, population numbers, plans for future releases and statistical models on how the wild populations will withstand when faced with naturally occurring threats. Our conclusions based on SCILAB software is that “….in the following years, if the population increases and the numbers of individuals remains high, it should be capable of resisting and recovering from unfavorable events”.
Peru Conservation Director, Stuart Timson commented:
“After years of hard work, numerous studies, regimented health controls and battles with legislation it is immensely satisfying to place these magnificent monkeys back into the wild. The jungle now echoes with their howls and shrieks long absent and the first wild birth was one of the most satisfying moments of my career in conservation.”
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