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Monitoring of Primates

Date started: 2010 

The plateaus Bacaba and Bela Cruz are our field of work in our primate monitoring program. The initiative came from awareness of forest exposure to environmental changes caused by new development and in response to environmental permit conditions. The initial forecast for completion of the study we conducted in partnership with experts from the Federal University of Goiás is five years.

The program uses census and habituation methods for monitoring primates. With this methodology, researchers can find groups of primates and follow them through the forest. The intention is to collect and evaluate data on the various species and understand how they react to the interference of human activities in their environments.

Monitoring in the medium and long term can point potential risks to populations and communities of primates, defining preventive measures that nullify or minimize the negative effects of human activities on the natural dynamics of the animals.

The work has several professional and maintains a team of five researchers constantly in field activities. Among the team members are biologists and veterinarians dedicated to primatology.

Species – Specifically in the Saracá-Taquera National Forest, nine species of primates can be found.Two of them, Saguinus martinsi (Sauim) and Chiropotes sagulatus (Cuxiú) stood out due to the conservation status observed within their respective genres and the lack of studies focusing on both species.

These two species were chosen as our monitoring focus. The Sauim is the smallest species of primates found in the National Forest, while the Cuxiú is a kind of medium-sized species that calls attention because of its diet, specialized in green fruits and seeds.

Field work is very complex, mainly because it is a dense forest. The team has traveled over 1,500 kilometers of trails during the census campaigns and counted more than 1,200 primates.

The next goal of the program will be collecting ecological and behavioral data of the primates, characteristics of primates, important to the scientific understanding of the species. We want to understand their diets, areas of life, social and breeding behaviors, and complete the technical requirements on the monitoring of the impact of bauxite mining on the biota.

Accounted for more than 1,200 primates
Contabilizados mais de 1.200 primatas
Contabilizados mais de 1.200 primatas
Contabilizados mais de 1.200 primatas
Contabilizados mais de 1.200 primatas
Contabilizados mais de 1.200 primatas
Contabilizados mais de 1.200 primatas

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