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Parque de La Flora Y Fauna Silvestre Tropical (PAFFASIT) (Established 1984)
Conservation Agency
Web Site: http://www.uv.mx/neuro

Director: Ernesto Rodriguez Luna
Phone: 52 (228) 841-1918   Fax: 52 (228) 841-1920  
A.P. 566, Xalapa, Veracruz 91000 MEXICO
Department: Instituto de Neuroetologia
Institution: Universidad Veracruzana

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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