Yellow tailed woolly monkey

We saved them!

The paperwork is done, the title transferred, the new local game warden is on-site! This is My Earth (TiME) successfully purchased its first parcel of land in the El Toro forest and transferred it to the local NGO, Asociación Neotropical Primate Conservation Peru.

This remarkable achievement belongs to over 2000 people, people like you, who decided that trend is not destiny—we do not need to resign ourselves to a planet without wildlife and wild places. Thousands of individual contributions have shown how crowdfunding today can save the planet for our children and their children tomorrow.

The El Toro forest campaign, designed to purchase land in the Peruvian Amazon to protect the habitat of the Critically Endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey, managed to raise over $30,000! The land was purchased with the donations made on the TiME website, funds collected during the holiday campaign on generosity.com and a grant from the San Francisco–based Moore Foundation.

Name of Group: 

Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC)

Country: Peru

 Website: www.neoprimate.org

 TiME paid: $30,000

 Exact location: S 5°38’52”, W 77°56’2″

 Size of purchasable land (Hectares): 66

 Ecoregion: Peruvian yungas

TiME’s conservation model is not your typical conservation solution. In contrast to “Green Colonialism” schemes where locals are dispossessed and denied access to vital resources, this land purchase was made by Mr. Isidoro Lozano, a community member of Yambrasbamba Campesino Community in La Esperanza, who works closely with our partners at Asociación Neotropical Primate Conservation Perú.

Mr. Lozano will raise a couple of cows on a part of the land that is currently cleared of forest (about 10 hectares) and will be an on-site guard for the whole parcel. With the signature of the conservation agreement, no further logging will be allowed on this land. The area will be policed and patrolled by local residents.

By strengthening capacity and leadership, indigenous peoples and local communities participate more fully in making the decisions that will shape their futures and the future of the environment.

TiME’s conservation initiatives are not only an honest and efficient answer to habitat and species loss but are also uniquely tailored to the local community’s social structure, allowing for local participation in conservation efforts.

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.

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.

Website

www.neoprimate.org

Address

NPC – 23 Portland Road, Stretford, Manchester, M32OPH, UK

NPC Peru – 1187 Avenida Belaunde, La Esperanza, Yambrasbamba, Amazonas, Peru

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.

The area lies at the heart of the Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot, one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth. To date we have registered 234 bird species, 44 reptiles and amphibians, and 37 large mammal species, including an especially dense population of the endemic and Critically Endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkeys (Lagothrix flavicauda). The site lies between five nationally and privately protected areas. The terrain is rugged with high ridges and deep valleys, between 1,800 and 2,400 metres above sea level. The habitat is characterized by primary premontane and montane forests, dominated by Ficus spp.

This site is a high priority for conservation because it is part of the Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot, home to many threatened and endemic species. The area lies within the Condor-Kutuku conservation corridor, one of Conservation International’s strategic priorities and a national conservation priority. The area is overlapped by two of BirdLife International’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (PE056 and PE058). According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the area is a priority for protection because it is a natural biological corridor between protected areas, allowing organisms to travel between areas and reducing forest fragmentation.

 

Some of the threatened species found at the site are:

  • yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda)—Critically Endangered
  • Peruvian night monkey (Aotus miconax)—Endangered
  • spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus)—Vulnerable
  • long-whiskered owlet (Xenoglaux loweri)—Endangered
  • white-bellied spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth)—Endangered
  • Royal sunangel (Heliangelus regalis)—Endangered
  • pudu (Pudu mephistophiles)—Vulnerable
  • jaguar (Panthera onca)—Near Threatened

The Amazonas region of Peru suffers from one of the highest national and international rates of deforestation, fuelled by immigration and made vulnerable by the lack of government intervention. As documented in a recently published study, deforestation levels in El Toro have dropped below the national and regional averages and the population of yellow-tailed woolly monkeys has increased by approximately 30 percent since we began our work in 2007. Therefore El Toro is likely the only place in the world where yellow-tailed woolly monkey populations are increasing. Local communities have pledged to stop hunting and logging in the area. Unfortunately some of the local landowners would like to sell their lands and we are concerned that new owners will log the wood species and clear the forest for pastures.

El Toro is titled land belonging to the Yambrasbamba Campesino Community and can only be sold to community members or the community itself according to Peruvian law. Therefore the land purchase was made by Mr. Isidoro Lozano, a community member of La Esperanza that works closely with NPC. Mr Lozano will raise a couple of cows on a part of the land that is currently cleared of forest (about 10 hectares) and will be an on-site guard of the whole parcel. With the signature of the agreement, no further logging will be allowed on this parcel of land.

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