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Behavioural and Physiological Ecology of Southern Muriqui (1994-ongoing)
Field Study in the Americas
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Location of Site: BRAZIL, Carlos Botelho State Park, Continuum Ecological of Paranapiacaba, Sao Paulo State

Director: Dr. Mauricio Talebi
Sao Paulo BRAZIL
Institution: Pró-Muriqui Association

Research Objectives: This is a long term field project, which is investigating the factors affecting natural food choice of wild southern muriquis. A complementar approach with a study on digestive passage rate with captive animals is underway as well. Aspects of behavioral ecology and feeding ecology of Brachyteles arachnoides and Alouatta fusca are being investigated. A main field site and main study groups are located at the North Sector of Carlos Botelho State Park. Initial processes of monitoring southern muriquis at three others locations has started last January. These areas are located between 30 to 50 Km from the main group study. A new project is being planned focusing on human populations habit towards hunting of muriquis. New scientific collaborators are intended for this project.

Field Positions and Volunteers: Two long term positions for field assistants are available at a semester basis. Background experience desired but not essential. Contact for more informations. A certificate will be available for the volunteers selected.

Species Studied: Alouatta guariba (red-and-black howler), Brachyteles arachnoides (southern muriqui)

Other Species at Site: Cebus apella (tufted capuchin)

Comments: This study is continuing the efforts of Dr. Karen Barbara Strier that implemented a research basis for muriquis in a remnants of continuous Atlantic Forest. The study of natural diet within a perspective of a physiological basis with captive animals intends to elucidate informations promptly available for the conservation of captive animals and information of natural species eaten by muriquis.

Last Updated: 2007-03-16

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