LOCATION: HUALLAGA-MARANON, PERU
TARGET SPECIES: YELLOW-TAILED WOOLY MONKEY, SAN MARTIN TITI MONKEY, PERUVIAN NIGHT MONKEY
STATUS: ESTABLISHED (SUSTAINED BY LOCAL LEADERS)
In 2009 and 2011, together with our partner organization in Peru, Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC), we organized workshops dedicated to the conservation of endemic primates in Amazonas and San Martin in northern Peru. The main objective of the workshops was to create a network of contacts between interested individuals and local communities and the institutions that support conservation initiatives. The project aims to encourage communities to get governmental recognition to create protected areas to connect landscapes.
Since the workshops, NPC has led the creation of eleven locally run protected areas, several of which they continue to help communities manage. The protected areas 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.
NPC has also been involved in the creation, management, and training activities of many other community protected areas. In total these cover almost half a million hectares of forest and protect sixteen primate species including three of Peru’s endemic species: The Critically Endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda), the Endangered Peruvian night monkey (Aotus miconax), and the Critically Endangered San Martin titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe).