A Peruvian hunter in a tree stand by a water hole
In October of 2002, I was walking with the owner in a privately owned
forest listening and looking for titi monkeys. One of the techniques used
for surveying these primates is to play a recording of their call to see
if they call in response. Researchers hypothesize that the titi responds
to what they perceive to be another titi in their territory. That morning
I played a recording once. Within two minutes four hunting dogs and two
hunters appeared ready to shoot a titi monkey.
In many places in the world today there are still good natural forests
with big trees and biological diversity. Often these same forests are
unnaturally quiet. The monkeys and other animals have been hunted out.
They have been killed for food, for the market, for sport, and for the pet
trade. In 4 week of surveying for primates In South America, I saw more
species of monkeys in cages then I saw in the forest. Hunters shoot
mothers with infants to get a baby for a pet. This practice of shooting
breeding females has the devastating effect of increasing the decline of
an endangered species.
It was only where people are actively studying the forest and the monkeys
that I was able to see several species of monkeys. PCI believes that
research and conservation go hand in hand. When someone is given a grant
to study a particular primate, they help protect it. With over a 100
threatened or endangered primates in the world more people need to be
actively involved in conservation. Your support of PCI helps us get
dedicated people into the field to study and protect these endangered or
little known primates.
A postscript to the above story about the search for the Andean titi
monkey, after a week of looking for them in the Rio Mayo valley of Peru
near Moyobamba, which is the only place they are known to inhabit, I heard
several groups of them on the last morning. The photographs I you see were
taken of a family group being held in a tiny cage. The male, female
and infant were being sold for the equivalent of ten U.S. dollars. In this
region of Peru a lot of conservation work needs to be done. None of the
local people I meet knew this species was rare and occurred in only their
province. PCI has awarded a matching grant to Melissa Mark from the State
University of New York at Stony Brook to do an extended survey of the
Andean titi starting in June.
PCI Grantees in the Media
Several articles have appeared recently in popular magazines by or about
people who have received grants from PCI. On our web site www.primate.org,
there is a list of over 100 scientific and other publications written by
National Geographic, April 2003 (pages, 90-103) “Jane in the Forest
Again” by David Quammen is about Jane Goodall’s visit to the Goualougo
forest in Congo where Dave Morgan and Cricket Sanz are studying
chimpanzees that are unafraid of humans because they have never been
hunted. Dave Morgan and Cricket Sanz received a PCI grant in the spring of
Natural History, February, 2002 “Slender in the Night” (pages, 55-59)
by K. A. I. Nekaris is about her studies of nocturnal slender lorises of
India and Sri Lanka. Dr. Nekaris was given a PCI grant in 1997 to study in
India for her thesis and a different grant in 2001 to study lorises in Sri
SWARA The Magazine of the East African Wildlife Society, January- April
2002 Vol. 25:1 (pages, 36-38) “Changing Its Ways” by Juli Wieczkowski
about her study of the Tana River crested mangabey’s response to the
environmental changes brought about by people cutting the only forests
this monkey inhabits. Juli Wieczkowski received a small grant to study in
December,1997 and a renewal grant in May, 1999.
World Rivers Review, April, 2002 (page, 11) “Na Hang Dam Threatens
Forest, People and Wildlife” by Chris Lang is about the dam being built
in Na Hang, Vietnam which will destroy 220 hectares out of the 1000
hectare Na Hang Nature Reserve which is home to 1 of the 3 remnant
populations of the critically endangered Tonkin snub nosed monkey. PCI has
supported Tonkin snub nosed monkey project which is directed by Bettina
Martin with several grants since 1998. This dam and the care and feeding
of the 10,000 workers that are building the dam, increase the threats to
this critically endangered species.
is an all-volunteer, tax deductible private operating 501 (c)(3)
foundation. Since our first grant in 1993 we have supported with full,
partial, or renewal funding 190 projects in 27 countries with primate
habitats. Projects in Asia have received 40% of our funding, African
projects 31%, Madagascar 21%, and South America 8%. Grants have gone to
study leaf monkeys (25%), apes (22%), lemurs (21%), cheek pouch monkeys
(14%), prosimians (6%), new world monkeys (8%) and tarsiers (3%). For a
complete list of grants please look at our web site.
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