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Conservation in the Bajo Mayo PDF Print E-mail

Proyecto Mono Tocón has demonstrated with the expeditions in 2007 that the distribution range is not restricted to the Alto Mayo Valley (as was always thought), but extends into the Bajo Mayo and Central Huallaga regions. The studies have been followed by an extensive evaluation of the habitat and the initiation of conservation actions.

The Bajo Mayo region has some very interesting features. The mountain range between Moyobamba and Tarapoto serves as an important bottle-neck that can cause, together with the strong environmental impact of migrants that live in this zone, the genetic isolation between populations of titi monkeys in the Alto Mayo and the Bajo Mayo regions. It is important to prevent such an isolation through the protection of the remaining forest and the creation of corridors. Another interesting area is near Tarapoto, where two species of titi monkeys, C.oenanthe and C. discolor, live in sympatry.

Further southwards we find near Pucacaca the dry tropical forest, which is one of the most peculiar habitats of the San Martin titi monkey. The dry forest is a rare and endangered ecosystem, and an oasis of endemism for the region. The high rate of deforestation in the area caused by cattle-breeding and the production of rice causes excessive drying out of the already dry tropical forest which has negative effects on its animal and plant species and increases the risk of fire. For the human population there is an increased risk of emerging tropical diseases. To preserve this important ecosystem, Proyecto Mono Tocón started in March 2012 the Ojos de Agua Project.  With the project we supply technical and logistic support to the conservation initiatives of the local rural association ABOFOA (Association « Forests of the Future – Ojos de Agua).

 

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