Neotropical Primate Conservation (Established 2007)
Web Site: http://www.neoprimate.org/
Mission: Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) is a UK registered charity (number 1131122)dedicated to the conservation of primates and their habitats in South and Central America. NPC works closely with its sister organization, Asociacion Neotropical Primate Conservation Peru. NPC aims to promote conservation and protect biodiversity in the Neotropics by working in several ways:
-Facilitation and support for local conservation initiatives
-Protection of wilderness areas
-Rescue, rehabilitation and (where appropriate) reintroduction of animals to their natural habitats
-Scientific investigations of plants, animals and ecosystems
-Promotion of conservation education and public awareness
-Commercialisation of sustainable products on behalf of local communities
-Improvement of degraded habitat through reforestation
Principal Research Programs: Current projects include:
Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey Conservation: Our first and longest running project. In 2007 we started research and conservation work in Peru for the Critically Endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) one of the worlds least know and most threatened primates.
Reserves and Protected Areas: As an extension of our yellow-tailed woolly monkey project we have been developing community and privately run reserves where this and other species are found.
Wildlife Rescue and Releases: Often overlooked by conservationists, the illegal trade in wildlife is a major threat to the survival of many species. We work with the relevant authorities and rescue centres to combat this trade. Whenever possible, rescued animals are released animals back to the wild. Our "DenunciaFauna" campaign has led to the confiscation of thousands of illegally trafficked animals in Peru, including many primates.
Conservation Network: Our most ambitious project to date, setting up a network of local community associations and NGOs to better coordinate and manage a large network of protected areas and conservation projects throughout northern Peru.
Landscape Level Conservation: Conservation of all landscape types is necessary to ensure the survival of many species. We run projects that conserve forest bridges and lessen the impact of human activities between protected areas.
Reforestation in the Tropical Andes, Peru: One of the best was to mitigate the effects of deforestation is to replant degraded areas. Our project uses only native tree species that are beneficial to both wildlife and humans. Conservation of all landscape types is necessary to ensure the survival of many species. We run projects that conserve forest bridges and lessen the impact of human activities between protected areas.
Community Tourism: see http://www.neoprimate.org/index.php/en/get-involved-npc/community-tourism-npc
Training Opportunities: Research opportunities are sometimes available for graduate/postgraduate students. NPC offers an annual field course in primatological field methods. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Associated Field Sites: Please contact email@example.com. There are potential research opportunities in a variety of reserves with which NPC is associated.
Supported Species: Lagothrix (woolly monkey)
Publications: Newsletters can be found here: http://www.neoprimate.org/index.php/en/information-npc/newsletters-npc
Last Updated: 2015-02-13
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