The principal objective of the project is the conservation of the San Martin titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) and its habitat. This species of titi monkey, locally known as “mono tocón”, is one of the three endemic primate species of Peru and can only be found in the San Martin Region (northeastern Peru).
Proyecto Mono Tocón receives support from various zoos and conservation organisations, and its conservation program has been adopted by the captive breeding program of the red titi monkey (Callicebus cupreus) of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA). The project is also one of the conservation projects approved by the World Association of Zoos and Aquarium.
Because of the lack of information on the San Martin titi monkey, the first activities of the project have concentrated on the determination of its distribution range. With the data obtained on the habitat and threats for the survival of the species, conservation measures have been planned for the next years.
Parallel to the conducted research program, Proyecto Mono Tocón initiated in October 2007 its environmental education program. The program is concentrating its actions on the areas where we have started or planned to stard conservation activities for the species.
Thanks to the data provided by the Proyecto Mono Tocón, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has designated the species as being critically endangered.
The San Martin titi monkey is the most endangered primate species of Peru.