Proyecto Mono                                        Tocón                                       Local Initiatives for Bio...
Ojos de Agua Conservation ConcessionMost of the work that we do in both villages has also been commenced for theOjos de Ag...
During the workshops several presentations on birds and birding tour-ism were followed by interesting discussions. The day...
As well, there is an opportunity to identify areas between patches                                                        ...
The study revealed that San Martin titi monkeys are not known in that                                         area. There ...
Education program for adults                            Education program for childrenAt the end of the project, we evalua...
Titbits of Titi news Julio C. Tello Alvarado (head of research) has received a grant from the Inter-   national Primate S...
The work of Proyecto Mono Tocón is only possible thanks to the                 generous financial support of:             ...
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  1. 1. Proyecto Mono Tocón Local Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation August 2012 ContentTiti monkey conservation in T he San Martin titi monkey clearly is the most endangered primate species of Peru, and one of the most endangered primates of South America. While there still may be a considerable Huallaga Central and Bajo Mayo number of individuals, most of them live in small isolated fragments with no chance for survival. It is doubtful if there still Birds and titi monkeys exists a viable population living in an area where their protection is possible.The search for the mountain Fortunately, while the species was hardly known in 2007 when we started the uakaris continues project, Proyecto Mono Tocón succeeded in bringing the species under the Corridors for titi monkeys attention of others, which resulted in new conservation initiatives for the Rapid assessment of the species. What we need now is the support of some large conservation conservation values in organisations, that usually focus on more emblematic species like gorillas and Lamas giant otters, to establish a region–wide conservation strategy for the San Pucunucho Conservation Martin titi monkey. Let’s hope that they soon will join us to prevent the Committe extinction of this attractive monkey! Titbits of titi news Jan Vermeer Ongoing projects Dear readers, in this second newsletter of Project director the year I would like to invite you to get to Volunteers requested know closely the projects implemented to protect one of the species endemic of our re- gion, the titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe). Furthermore I would like to encourage you to work with us in order to avoid its extinction. Victoria Pérez Tello President Titi monkey conservation in Huallaga Central and Bajo MayoT he applications for the conservation concessions Shitariyacu and Tres Quebradas (5.800 hectares)have been presented to the authorities and are stillunder review. Work has started on the capacity build-ing of the members of the local associations and theguards. The guards who will do regular patrols will re-ceive training to use GPS and collect biodiversity data.At the same time an education program has started forthe villagers. Huallaga River
  2. 2. Ojos de Agua Conservation ConcessionMost of the work that we do in both villages has also been commenced for theOjos de Agua Conservation Concession (2.400 hectares), somewhat further tothe north. Here we investigate together with the local association the possibilityto expand the area with another 1.000 hectares. Main sponsor of this project Birds and titi monkeysE cotourism can be an important source of income for San Martin, provided that there stays enough nature to offerthe tourist. One of San Martin’s strengths is the high diversity ofbirds. Peru has promoted the last few years the “northern bird-ing route”, with several important birding areas in San Martin.As income from ecotourism can motivate local associations andauthorities to protect their forest, birding can also become im-portant for titi monkey conservation. For that reason, ProyectoMono Tocón has already given support to the Tingana Reserve,where we trained the guides and installed an education centre.We are preparing a similar project for the association thatadministrated the Ojos de Agua Conservation Concession, a dry Training for Tingana guidesforest habitat with many rare species of birds and titi monkeys.Workshops in Moyobamba and TarapotoRecently we were asked to organise with the NGO CORBIDI two workshops in Moyobamba and Tarapoto, titled“The importance of birds for tourism”. During the workshops the new version of “Birds of Peru” was presented. Workshop in Moyobamba Workshop in Tarapoto Page 2 PROYECTO MONO TOCÓN
  3. 3. During the workshops several presentations on birds and birding tour-ism were followed by interesting discussions. The day following theworkshops the participants visited together some of the interestingbirding areas near Moyobamba and Tarapoto. We were pleased thatthe authorities showed much interest in the events, and hope that theirinterest will be reflected in their conservation efforts. New Spanish version of “Birds of Peru” The search for the mountain uakaris continuesI n 2009 and 2010, Proyecto Mono Tocón conducted ex- peditions in search of a new population of bald uakaris(Cacajao calvus ssp.). A new and probably isolated popula-tion was discovered in the mountains of northern SanMartin. We are pleased that the French association CEPA(Conservation des Espèces et des Populations Animales),La Boissière du Doré Zoo and the German ZoologicalSociety for the Conservation of Species and Populations(ZGAP) offered to finance the continuation of the study.During the wet season, when the water levels in the riversare high, we will survey two large areas east and north of Cacajao calvus ssp.the discovered population. This is an area unknown forscience, and we intend to collect also data on other pri-mate species living in the area.We will keep you informed! Main sponsors of the project Corridors for titi monkeysT he surveys of the Proyecto Mono Tocón showed that the San Martin titi monkey is critically endangered, mainly due to highdeforestation rates. Their current habitat consists of a series offorest fragments surrounded by human agriculture and develop-ment. Little is known about the capacity of the titi monkeys totraverse among remnant forested patches. Because land conver-sion is continuing at a high rate, it is imperative that importantpatches linking forest remnants will be identified and subse-quently protected. Callicebus oenanthe Page 3 PROYECTO MONO TOCÓN
  4. 4. As well, there is an opportunity to identify areas between patches that could be restored through reforestation and serve as corridors. Proyecto Mono Tocón has designed together with Jennifer Swenson, Duke University, an extensive study map the remaining habitat patches in the northern extent of the titi monkeys’ range where human impact has been highest through the use of satellite imagery and field validation. Actual and potential connections between pri- mary habitat patches will be analysed with geospatial tools while field studies will be conducted to identify which forest remnants are being used by the animals, and characterize to what extent they are ArcGIS’s “Corridor” tool assesses the traversability able to use existing corridors. This is a very interesting study, andacross a human matrix between two habitat patches very important as we will need the (connected) forest remnants to (purple) preserve the San Martin titi monkey. We are please that the Cleve- land Zoological Society and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo have agreed to partly finance this project. Proyecto Mono Tocón hopes to receive additional grants from other organisations. The project coincides with a study of the regional government and Main sponsors of the project several organisations on the importance of biological corridor for nature conservation in San Martin. Rapid assessment of the conservation values in LamasO n request of IUCN-NL/HIVOS, a Dutch organisation that is planning a sustainable economical develop-ment project with the local coffee cooperation, theteam of Proyecto Mono Tocón conducted a short surveyin three native Quechwa communities in the Lamasprovince, near Tarapoto. Forest in the native Quechwa community Chunchihui The goal was to investigate if a economical development could and should be accompanied by nature conservation measures. The survey was for us the opportunity to find out if Callicebus oenanthe was living in that area, that had not yet been sur- veyed by our team. Coordinations in the native Quechwa community Chirykyacu Page 4 PROYECTO MONO TOCÓN
  5. 5. The study revealed that San Martin titi monkeys are not known in that area. There is an urgent need for environmental education; hunting activities are unsustainable and most larger primate species seems to have gone extinct in the territories. Parts of all kinds of wild animals are for sale in the souvenir shops, giving a wrong message to the tourists. The communities seem to be willing to conserve parts of their forest (up to 11.000 hectares). Environmental education could also have a positive effect on the protection of the neighbouring Regional Conservation Area “Cordillera Escalera”. We hope that IUCN-HIVOS will take over our sugges- tions and will include a nature conservation compo- nent in their projects. A project can only be really Specimen of pygmy anteater sustainable if there is also attention for the nature Main sponsor (Cyclopes didactylus) around the plantations and villages. Pucunucho Conservation CommitteeI n the last newsletter of April we already informed you about the education project in Pucunucho.This project is a cooperation with the NGO AMPA(Amazónicos por la Amazonía) and financed by IUCN-NL. The project was executed in the first months of thisyear, and finished in June.Pucunucho is an ideal place for environmental educa-tion, both for the inhabitants of the nearby city ofJuanjui and for tourists.A number of workshops and activities were organisedwith the community members living around this smallbut nice private reserve.The Pucunucho Conservation Committee has beenestablished to ensure the protection of the area and to Reforestation projectpromote sustainable development of natural resources.During capacity building sessions the importance of biodiversity was explained. A reforestation project wasinitiated to increase the forest cover of the area and to create a corridor between the reserve and anotherforested area.In parallel, we developed an environmental awareness program for children, mostly of members of thePucunucho Conservation Committee. They worked on the themes of flora, fauna, biodiversity and the problem ofthe invasive species.Several theoretical and practical workshops were organised, supported by the educational materials designed byProyecto Mono Tocón. Also, some videos were shown to sensitize children about the conservation of naturalresources. Page 5 PROYECTO MONO TOCÓN
  6. 6. Education program for adults Education program for childrenAt the end of the project, we evaluated the knowledge acquired. This showed that, through the implementationof this environmental education program, both adults and children had increased their level of knowledge aboutenvironmental issues.The nature guides of the Conservation Committee have already started their first tours with teachers of educa-tional institutions Juanjui. The guides have worked together with the education team of Proyecto Mono Tocón todevelop the information panels and install these on the reserve, but also to set up the environmental interpreta-tion centre.Working in Pucunucho with a motivated group of locals that is devoted to conserve their environment was agreat experience and also instructive for our team. We are looking forward to further collaboration with ourfriends of AMPA. Interpretation Centre in Pucunucho Main sponsor of the project Pucunucho Conservation Committee Entity responsible for this project Page 6 PROYECTO MONO TOCÓN
  7. 7. Titbits of Titi news Julio C. Tello Alvarado (head of research) has received a grant from the Inter- national Primate Society to attend the IPS Pre-congress Training Program and the subsequent congress. He will also present two posters: one on the distri- bution and phenotypical variation of Callicebus oenanthe and a second on the discovery of Cacajao in the mountains of San Martin. To promote Proyecto Mono Tocón, new posters and stickers have been Stickers of San Martin titi monkey developed and will be distributed throughout San Martin. Many activities were organised for and with the youth of the nature clubs of Calzada and Moyobamba. To celebrate “World Environmental Day” and “Earth Hour” we participated to processions through the streets of Moyobamba. In the botanical garden of Moyobamba new name cards for the different plant species were painted and installed. Members of the nature clubs Ongoing projects Volunteers requested Evaluation of the conservation status of primates in the Bosque  We are looking for an English speaking de Protección Alto Mayo. With the support of Conservation person to help us with translations for International Peru. the website, newsletters, publications, etc. If you can help us, or know Study on the distribution of the San Martin titi monkey somebody who can, please contact: (Callicebus oenanthe) on the north of Huayabamba river. With Jan Vermeer the support of Thoiry Peaugres Conservation.  We are looking for a person with good Initiatives for the conservation of the San Martin titi monkey drawing skills for the production of a (Callicebus oenanthe) in Eastern San Martin. With the support of new educational comic book (black and Zoo d’Amnéville, Neotropical Primate Conservation and Le white). If you can help us, or know Conservatoire pour la Protection des Primates. somebody who can, please contact: Nature club JOESUCNA, a partner for conservation in Calzada. Jan Vermeer With the support of Le Conservatoire pour la Protection des Pri- mates.  If you want to participate in the activities of the Proyecto Mono Tocón Environmental Education Program on the Awajun schools of the you can contact: Alto Mayo. With the support of Le Conservatoire pour la Protec- Antonio Bóveda Penalba tion des Primates.  If you are interested in participating as Environmental Education Program on the schools of Calzada and a sponsor of Proyecto Mono Tocón Yantalo . With the support of Le Conservatoire pour la Protection contact: des Primates. Victoria Pérez Tello Jan Vermeer Page 7 PROYECTO MONO TOCÓN
  8. 8. The work of Proyecto Mono Tocón is only possible thanks to the generous financial support of: We thank our partners for their collaboration: Join our group at Facebook you can visit us at...www.monotocon.orgFor more information, please contact:Jan Vermeerjan.vermeer@telfort.nlT: (+51) 42 564462You can find us at...Proyecto Mono TocónJr. Reyes Guerra, 430MoyobambaPerú