NGOs TAKING CARE OF MONKEYS – PART 2

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he jungles of Colombia are home to many animals, including numerous monkeys. The monkey family is indeed well represented, with Colombia serving as home to more than two dozen species. Although many species exist, some are highly threatened. The Colombian woolly monkey, for example, is critically endangered, meaning it is at risk of extinction.

The primate species that live in Colombia are all monkeys, as opposed to apes and include several species of capuchins, tamarins and others. From the Colombian squirrel monkey to Ma’s night monkey and the red howler monkey, this South American country has the perfect warm, tropical environment to sustain such a wide variety of these jungle animals.

In 2010, scientists on an expedition found a monkey species that was known to exist but had never been located. In the Colombian region of Caquetá, near the Ecuadorian border, they found the red-bearded titi, also known as the bushy-bearded titi. The creature is about the size of a cat and is one of several titi species. Other monkey species living in Colombia include night monkeys, squirrel monkeys, howling monkeys, spider monkeys, uakari or uacari, marmosets and woolly monkeys.

Here are some of the NGOs working in Colombia to preserve the habitation of these monkeys and their well-being:


1. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

https://colombia.wcs.org/

  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Duration in Colombia: The Wildlife Conservation Society has been operating in Colombia since 2003.
  • Specialization: WCS specializes in the conservation of a wide range of wildlife species, including monkeys such as the Ursine Howler Monkey, Black-faced Spider Monkey, and Colombian Red Howler Monkey.
  • Preservation Work: WCS conducts scientific research, habitat protection and community-based conservation initiatives to safeguard monkey populations in Colombia. Their work includes establishing protected areas, implementing anti-poaching measures, and promoting sustainable land use practices.
  • Quantifying Success: WCS measures success through indicators such as population trends, habitat area protection and community engagement. While specific data on monkey populations may vary, WCS’s conservation efforts have contributed to the protection and recovery of threatened species in Colombia.
  • Funding Sources: WCS receives funding from government grants, international donors and private foundations. They also collaborate with corporate partners and engage in fundraising activities to support their conservation programs.
  • Interesting Information: WCS’s flagship project in Colombia is the Magdalena River Valley Corridor Initiative, which aims to conserve critical habitat for endangered species, including monkeys, in the Magdalena River basin.


2. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

https://www.wwf.org.co/en/

  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Duration in Colombia: WWF has been operating in Colombia since 1964.
  • Specialization: WWF focuses on the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, including the protection of monkey species such as the Black-mantled Tamarin and White-bellied Spider Monkey.
  • Preservation Work: WWF implements conservation projects in collaboration with government agencies, local communities and other stakeholders. Their work includes habitat restoration, wildlife monitoring and advocacy for stronger environmental policies.
  • Quantifying Success: WWF evaluates the impact of their conservation efforts through indicators such as habitat area protection, species abundance and policy changes. While it is difficult to quantify, WWF’s initiatives have contributed to the conservation of critical habitats and the recovery of threatened species in Colombia.
  • Funding Sources: WWF receives funding from government grants, international donors and corporate partnerships. They also generate revenue through membership dues and fundraising campaigns.
  • Interesting Information: WWF’s Colombia Program focuses on priority areas such as the Amazon rainforest, the Andes mountains and the Chocó-Darién region, where endangered monkey species are at risk from habitat loss and fragmentation.


3. Conservation International (CI)

https://www.conservation.org.co/

  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Duration in Colombia: Conservation International has been operating in Colombia since 1991.
  • Specialization: CI specializes in the conservation of biodiversity hotspots and endangered species, including monkeys such as the Squirrel Monkey and Long-haired Spider Monkey.
  • Preservation Work: CI works with local communities, government agencies and research institutions to identify and protect key habitats for monkey species in Colombia. Their conservation strategies include establishing protected areas, promoting sustainable resource management and supporting eco-friendly livelihoods.
  • Quantifying Success: CI assesses the effectiveness of their conservation efforts through indicators such as habitat connectivity, species population trends and community participation. While specific data on monkey populations is difficult, CI’s initiatives have greatly contributed to the preservation of critical habitats and the recovery of threatened species in Colombia.
  • Funding Sources: CI receives funding from government grants, international donors, and philanthropic foundations. They also collaborate with corporate partners and engage in fundraising activities to support their conservation programs.
  • Interesting Information: CI’s Colombia Program focuses on priority areas such as the Chocó-Darién region, the Eastern Andes and the Amazon basin, where unique monkey species are under threat from deforestation, illegal logging and habitat degradation.


 4. Proyecto Primates Colombia (PPC)

https://proyectoprimates.org/

  • Location: Medellín, Colombia
  • Duration in Colombia: Proyecto Primates Colombia has been operating in Colombia since 2008.
  • Specialization: PPC specializes in the conservation of primates, including monkeys such as the Brown Capuchin and Common Woolly Monkey.
  • Preservation Work: PPC conducts scientific research, community outreach and habitat protection initiatives to conserve monkey populations in Colombia. Their work includes studying primate behavior rehabilitating injured or orphaned individuals and promoting sustainable land use practices.
  • Quantifying Success: PPC measures success through indicators such as primate population trends, habitat area protection and community engagement. PPC’s conservation efforts have contributed to the protection and recovery of threatened species in Colombia.
  • Funding Sources: PPC receives funding from government grants, international donors and individual supporters. They also collaborate with universities and research institutions to secure funding for their conservation projects.
  • Interesting Information: PPC operates a primate rescue and rehabilitation centre in Colombia, providing care for injured or captured monkeys before reintroducing them to the wild. They also conduct educational programs to raise awareness about the importance of primate conservation among local communities.



5. The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

https://www.nature.org/es-us/sobre-tnc/donde-trabajamos/tnc-en-latinoamerica/colombia/

  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Duration in Colombia: The Nature Conservancy has been operating in Colombia since 1977.
  • Specialization: TNC focuses on the conservation of natural habitats and endangered species, including monkeys such as the Ursine Howler Monkey and Black-mantled Tamarin.
  • Preservation Work: TNC works with local communities, government agencies and private landowners to establish and manage protected areas for monkey species in Colombia. Their conservation efforts include land acquisition, habitat restoration and sustainable resource management.
  • Quantifying Success: TNC evaluates the impact of its conservation initiatives through indicators such as habitat area protected, species population trends and ecosystem health. TNC’s initiatives have contributed to the preservation of critical habitats and the recovery of threatened species in Colombia.
  • Funding Sources: TNC receives funding from government grants, international donors and corporate partnerships. They also generate revenue through membership dues and philanthropic contributions.
  • Interesting Information: TNC’s Colombia Program focuses on priority areas such as the Orinoco River basin, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Cauca River valley, where important monkey habitats are threatened by deforestation, agriculture and infrastructure development.


6. Rainforest Trust

https://www.rainforesttrust.org/urgent-projects/strategic-land-purchase-in-colombia/

  • Location: Washington, D.C., United States (with projects worldwide, including Colombia)
  • Duration in Colombia: Rainforest Trust has been working in Colombia for several decades, with specific projects targeting the conservation of primate species such as the white-bellied Spider Monkey and long-haired Spider Monkey. Rainforest Trust specializes in the protection of threatened tropical habitats and the species they support, including a variety of monkey species found in Colombia.
  • Preservation Work: Rainforest Trust collaborates with local partner organizations in Colombia to identify and secure critical habitats for monkey species through land acquisition and conservation easements. Their approach emphasizes the creation of protected areas that provide refuge for endangered primates and other wildlife.
  • Quantifying Success: Rainforest Trust measures success through indicators such as the number of acres protected, the presence of target species within protected areas and the establishment of long-term conservation management plans. Rainforest Trust’s initiatives have contributed to the preservation of essential habitats and the prevention of species extinctions in Colombia.
  • Funding Sources: Rainforest Trust relies on support from individual donors, charitable foundations and corporate partners to fund their conservation projects. They also work with government agencies and international conservation organizations to leverage resources and maximize the impact of their efforts.
  • Interesting Information: Rainforest Trust has helped establish numerous protected areas in Colombia, including key sites for primate conservation such as the Chocó rainforest and the Amazon basin. Their work has resulted in the protection of critical habitats for a wide range of threatened species, including monkeys and has helped safeguard Colombia’s natural heritage for future generations.


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