The principal goal of Proyecto Mono Tocón is the conservation of Peru’s biodiversity. Our emphasis is on the conservation of the San Martin titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) and its natural habitat.
The conservation activities of our association were initiated as a reaction on the alarming results of our initial studies in 2007. These studies not only provided us with new scientific information on the biogeography of the San Martin titi monkey, but also revealed that the high rate of habitat degradation and omnipresent illegal trade in wild animals are serious threat to the future of the species.
To confront the grave situation, Proyecto Mono Tocón initiated a conservation program with the objective to promote nature conservation among the local population and the relevant authorities and encouraging the establishment of new conservation areas for the species. As none of the conservation areas created in the past holds a viable population of the San Martin titi monkey, the development of additional conservation measures is indispensable.
Currently, the highest conservation priority for the regional government is the protection of the river sources. However, these sources are situated high in the mountains, while the San Martin titi monkey almost solely inhabits the zones below 1000 m a.s.l., in the watershed of the Mayo and Huallaga rivers. It is important that we broaden the conservation priorities, as we should not only protect the mountain habitat but also the threatened lowland forest and its habitants. Proyecto Mono Tocón will supply the local authorities with current scientific information on the species, which will help them to direct their environmental conservation politics to the protection of species with a high risk of extinction, like the San Martin titi monkey.
The results obtained with the studies were used both by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and the DGFFS (Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Wildlife Department) to upgrade the conservation status of the San Martin titi monkey to critically endangered and to prioritize the development of conservation measures.
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