Target: Peruvian Association for the Conservation of Nature (APECO)
Goal: Educate local Peruvians about the dangers they pose to the survival of rare local monkey population
Corosha, in the heart of the cloudforests of northern Peru, is home to one of the world’s most threatened primates, the yellow-tailed woolly monkey. There are estimated to be fewer than 1,000 surviving members of the species. The monkeys are hunted for their meat, soft fur, and babies, which are often sold as pets. They’re particularly vulnerable because of their curiosity, which often draws them toward gunfire and the scene of other dead monkeys.
That the monkeys have survived this long is attributed to the rough habitat, a thick uphill forest which is shrinking due to both peasant farmers and an increased number of migrants who clear slopes to plant crops like coffee and beans. Such clearance is at odds with the sustainable horticultural techniques long used by the indigenous people of the region. All of this results in a smaller monkey population which is being forced to inbreed, leaving it only further vulnerable to disease and hunting.
Corosha has managed to establish a 5,600-acre Hierba Buena-Allpayacu Community Conservation Area, which intends to protect the monkeys, as well as the forest waters. Despite the presence of this area, as well as the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, monkey killing continues to go mostly unhindered. Poachers live in the heart of the Protected Forest, while the newcomers to the Corosha region are constantly in tension with the safer methods of managing the land.
It is for this reason that campaigns must be launched which stress not only the extremely endangered nature of the animals, but the dangers posed by such widespread forest destruction.
Dear Peruvian Association for the Conservation of Nature,
The Corosha area of the Peruvian cloudforest region is home to one of the world’s most threatened primates, the yellow-tailed woolly monkey. With less than 1,000 individuals left, and the surviving individuals being forced to live in small inbred groups, they are quickly nearing extinction. Moreover, the cutting down of large parts of the forest is of an overall danger to the environment, particularly the water supply.
The Hierba Buena-Allpayacu Community Conservation Area, as well as the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, are already established as two areas with the goal of keeping the forest and its monkeys safe. However, poachers and the increasing number of migrants from surrounding regions continue to kill both. Clearly, conservations are not enough.
It has become extremely necessary that a campaign be launched which makes education its mission. With your help, newcomers to the region can begin to understand the dangerous nature of their land management practices and can begin to fall more in-line with the sustainable horticultural techniques employed by the indigenous population. As a result, less poaching will be tolerated and the population of yellow-tailed woolly monkeys will have the opportunity to stabilize.
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