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Pró-Muriqui Association (Established in 1996)
Primate Center, Lab or Research Program
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Director: Conservation Research Director
Phone: +5511 7632 6998   E-Mail:
Caixa Postal 37, Sao Miguel Arcanjo, SP 18230-000 BRAZIL
Department: Southern Muriqui Conservation Research Program
Institution: Muriqui Eco-Park & Pro-Muriqui Association
Affiliations: Primate Specialist Group SSC-IUCN, Brazilian Society of Primatology

Mission: Mission
To conserve the Southern Muriqui and the remnants of Brazilian Atlantic Forest along the Serra do Mar Biodiversity Corridor through scientific research, education and information dissemination. Strengthen and consolidate natural resources conservation strategies at federal, regional and local levels to improve the well being of human populations.

To conserve the southern muriqui (Brachyteles arachnoides) and the most significant natural habitat remnant, The World Heritage Site “Southeast Reserves of Brazilian Atlantic Forest”.
To carry out inter-disciplinary field-based projects to generate high-quality scientific data, which are integral to conservation management plans and knowledge of the species.
To enable conservation of the southern muriqui and the associated ecosystem through a synthesis of field-based projects, policy interventions, environmental education and training programs.
Capacity building and conservation trainingof qualified human resources for enabling an increased awareness of conservation concerns related to the species

Clientele: Universities

Principal Research Programs: Currently, the main objectives of this project are to estimate the populational parameters of muriquis and its geographical distribution at the São Paulo State with main focus at the Carlos Botelho State Park, a national key area for southern muriqui and Brachyteles conservation. This study will generate critically needed of population parameters of the largest population of muriquis in Brazil, which will serve as a baseline for the Muriquis Conservation Action Plan.

Overall, we work on three different forestry habitat physiognomies for Brachyteles arachnoides in Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Training Opportunities: volunteering internships opportunities on field biology (international: minimu period 5 months; national: minimum 3 months).]Academic Studies: we are open for discussions on colaborations within projects that are within our main research priorities

Financial Aid: No financial aid

Number of Staff: 10

Associated Field Sites: - Muriqui EcoPark: 200 hectares, buffer zone of Carlos Botelho State Park, Capao Bonito, Sao Paulo State, Brazil: conservation science, environmental education and scientific ecotourism in the last fragment of continous Brazilian Atlantic Forest

- Carlos Botelho State Park, 37,000 hectares, Sao Miguel Arcanjo, Sao Paulo State, Brazil. Long-term research on ecology, behavior and demography of southern muriquis and Howlers in the last fragment of continous Brazilian Atlantic Forest.

- Sao Sebastiao Farm, Mantiqueira Hills, Monitoring of one population of southern muriquis inhabiting a fragmented forest

Neblinas Park, Serra do Mar Hills, Monitoring of one population of southern muriquis under augmented hunting pressure.

Supported Species: Alouatta (howler monkey), Brachyteles (muriqui), Brachyteles arachnoides (southern muriqui), Cebus (capuchin)

Comments: Main Threats to Wild Southern Muriquis

Clearance of the Brazilian Atlantic forest: Less than 7% of the original forest remains in the country and much of this is highly fragmented. Deforestation has resulted from human needs through logging, historical intensive land-use (coffee, eucalyptus, soya and pine plantations, and cattle grazing), urban expansion, slash-and-burn clearing, subsistence agriculture, charcoal production, infrastructure, dams and uncontrolled tourism development. Although it is officially reported that clearance is not occurring, there exists continuous uncontrolled fragmentation of land for agricultural expansion by owners of small sized land.
We welcome volunteer help on fund raising nationally or internationally. Professional fund raising activities are also open for discussion.

Last Updated: 2009-03-04

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