Neotropical Primate Conservation, Peru – NEW!

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The recently designated conservation area, Sun Angel’s Gardens, is shaped like a horseshoe, making it harder to protect from illegal loggers, hunters and squatters. There is now a unique opportunity to purchase a contiguous area of 700 hectares, which would protect not only the newly purchased land but the whole reserve around it.

Status of registration of the group at national level

Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) is a registered charity in the UK (No. 1131122)

NPC-Perú is a sister organization, registered in Peru as a nonprofit association (No. 11022917) and tax-exempt. NPC is currently in the process of registering with Agencia Peruana de Cooperación Internacional.

Governance and management structure of the group

Neotropical Primate Conservation is a UK-based registered charity with the legal objective to contribute to the long-term conservation of Neotropical forest biodiversity. NPC UK works in tandem with Asociación Neotropical Primate Conservation Perú, a registered nonprofit organization. The boards of directors of both NPC UK and NPC Peru are composed of experts in conservation biology, anthropology, education, development and law. To achieve its objective, the organization undertakes related projects of research, land purchase and protection, reforestation, public awareness and promoting sustainable economic activity. To ensure the sustainability of our conservation efforts, all our work is carried out in conjunction with and for the benefit of local people. We have been instrumental in the creation of 11 protected areas, covering about 100,000 hectares, and the rescue of more than 4,000 illegally trafficked wild animals. To create and manage reserves we carry out biological inventories, build local capacity, provide legal advice and help raise funds for management.

Exact location, including geographic coordinates

The area is near the village of La Esperanza, 350 kilometres from the coast on the main highway to the Amazon and 100 kilometres south of the Ecuadorian border. Geographic coordinates: S6°41’57.593″S, 77°9’40.811″W  

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Short description of the area and the land to be purchased

The geographical complexity of the site, including high mountains and deep valleys, allows for a variety of wildlife that doesn’t normally share the same habitat. As well as being incredibly biodiverse, this area is home to many rare, endemic and threatened species of birds and mammals, including the Endangered Royal Sun Angel hummingbird (Heliangelus regalis) and the Endangered White-fronted Spider Monkey (Ateles belzebuth). It is part of the recently classified Gran Pajatén UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which covers over 2.5 million hectares of forests and Andean puna (grasslands) and protects both the unique biological and cultural heritage of the area.

Main threats

The regions of Amazonas and San Martin suffer from one of the highest rates of deforestation in South America, fueled by immigration and made vulnerable by the lack of government intervention. Hunting for bushmeat and the pet trade are also big problems in the area.

The horseshoe shape of the Sun Angel’s Gardens reserve makes it harder to protect from illegal loggers, hunters and squatters. A unique opportunity to purchase an area of 700 hectares inside the U-shape of the reserve offers the chance to protect both the new land and the reserve around it. The land is currently on the market to sell and, if sold to others, its primary forests would most likely be clear cut for agriculture and cattle ranching.

Estimated value ($) of a single hectare (average)

The price per hectare for this parcel of land is about US$12 per hectare.

Long-term conservation plan for the purchased land

The Association of Farmers of La Primavera (APALP) is an extremely dedicated group of local conservationists. They initiate many conservation and environmental education projects all around their area. With the help of NPC, they have been able to formally register the area they were protecting for years as a Concession for Conservation. APALP also run vigilance patrols, locate signs to clearly mark the limits of the reserve and announce that no clearing, logging or hunting is permitted, and have built a basic control post to provide accommodation for researchers, association members and park guards. This enthusiastic work will be extended to include the newly purchased land and will ensure the integrity of both areas.