Proyecto Mono Tocón (PMT) is a non-profit Peruvian non-profit organization whose purpose is the conservation of the biodiversity of Peru, with a particular focus on the conservation of the San Martin titi monkey (Plecturocebus oenanthe) and its natural habitat.
The association, registered as an NGO in the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation, was created in 2007 thanks to the initiative of the French association Le Conservatoire pour la Protection des Primates, which carries out several primate conservation projects around the world.
Currently, the organization relies on three basic pillars through which it tries to achieve its objectives:
Research: Conducting research on the San Martin titi monkey and other threatened primate species, to better understand the biology of the species and to use the results of the studies to compile and improve conservation strategies. Specific studies may also provide data on habitat degradation and illegal trafficking of species, factors that may have a large impact on the survival of animal species.
Management for Conservation: Encouraging and supporting the creation of conservation areas and promoting sustainable economic development. Focus areas include this with the presence of San Martin titi monkeys, areas with a high degree of biodiversity or areas important to maintain or achieve the connectivity of endangered species’ populations.
Education and Environmental Communication: Creating awareness of the importance of nature conservation in and around protected areas, through environmental education projects integrating the local population.