LOCATION: HUALLAGA-MARANON, PERU
TARGET SPECIES: YELLOW-TAILED WOOLY MONKEY, SAN MARTIN TITI MONKEY, PERUVIAN NIGHT MONKEY
STATUS: ESTABLISHED (SUSTAINED BY LOCAL LEADERS)
Community Conservation’s work in Peru to protect habitat of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) is directly tied to our relationship with Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC), an extremely effective group that has been working in the Peruvian rain forest for over 15 years. Through our partnership with NPC, we have worked to create forest reserves managed by the local farmers. Community Conservation helped NPC to expand the project into 8 additional local communities to create a network of community-run conservation reserves. These reserves lie within the Huallaga-Marañon landscape, a region of primate endemism somewhat isolated by the Huallaga and Marañon Rivers, which covers over 70,000 hectares. The original project activities focused on the protection of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey have expanded, because of their successful outcomes, and now also focus on the San Martin Titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) and the Peruvian night monkey (Aotus miconax). The project aims to encourage communities to get governmental recognition to create protected areas to connect landscapes.