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Director: Ernesto Rodriguez Luna
Mission: The PAFFASIT is part of the Institute of Neuroethology of the Universidad Veracruzana. We count with a natural reserve (about 204 ha of tropical forest) in Los Tuxtlas region, Veracruz, Mexico. The main activities of the PAFFASIT include: 1) Basic and applied research on regional flora and fauna (including two species of primates: Alouatta palliata and Ateles geoffroyi); 2) Conservation of Mexican primates: Alouatta palliata mexicana, A. pigra, Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus and A. g. yucatanensis; and 3) Teaching programs for graduate and undergraduate students an field techniques for primate studies and wildlife conservation.
Principal Research Programs: Social behavior and ecology of howler monkeys in semi-free, free, and captive conditions; Sensorial perception of howler and spider monkeys; Conservation of Mesoamerican primates; Management of Protected Areas.
Training Opportunities: Field work and educational opportunities are available for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students. Theoretical-practical courses for undergraduate students regarding field techniques for primate studies and wildlife conservation. Program focus: conservation, ecology, and behavior of primates.
Associated Field Sites: A fragment of tropical rainforest (204 ha) in Los Tuxtlas region, Veracruz, Mexico. Three islands with different degrees of natural vegetation in Catemaco Lake, Veracruz, Mexico.
Supported Species: 100 Alouatta palliata (mantled howler), 23 Ateles geoffroyi (Geoffroy's spider monkey)
Last Updated: 2007-02-27
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