Intro to Peru

We have announced through facebook since a while ago that we are going to Peru, and now we have been here for a little time. With no availability to internet, we haven’t really been able to state what we are going to do here. But it is about time!

Peru is home to some of the most unique nature on earth, but it is also amongst the most threatened regions in the world. We will work with three different areas regarding nature protection of Peruvian fauna:, research of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, research of the spectacled bear (also called Andean bear) and resource management with the local communities in the area.

 

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Lima in Lima, pointing at an Inka statue.

 

The yellow-tailed woolly monkey is one of the most elusive and rare animals in South America. It was long belived to be extinct, and while it is rediscovered the species is fully reliant on conservation actions for it’s future survival. It’s distribution is limited to the cloud-forest slopes of the Andres in parts of northern part of Peru. Approximatley only 500 individuals are left. I will be taking part in conducting a behavioral study on the YTWM (shortage for Yellow-tailed woolly monkey), examining their vulnerability to stress. To do this study, we will hike into a reserve from Corosha (the village where the family will stay) and camp in the jungle for ca. one week at a time.

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Just on a walk in Lima..

 

The spectacled bear is not the most endangered, but one of the most difficult animals to see and study of the South American fauna (it is however also threatened). It is therefore one of the hardest species to document and study. However, luckily for me, the surroundings of Corosha is probably the best place in the world to see it. This gives a rare opportunity for Julia and me to study the bear’s behavior which is largely unknown.

Why is it important to study the behavior of animals for the conservation of them? Isn’t it better to put all the focus to mitigate the conflict with humans? The behavior and the ecology of a species is an important (sometimes the most important) ingredient to why a species is threatened and others are not. Why are yellow-tailed woolly monkeys on the brink of extinction while other monkeys aren’t? In order to protect the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, we need to know more about what they are sensitive to. Are they sensitive to human presence? Selective logging? Or can they manage in these habitats? Are there other factors causing the decline?

 

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Slash and burn from the area.

 

Last, we will also work with the local communities with land management and environmental education. Slash and burn are used in Peru, just like in many other tropical countries. This method is not only highly invasive to nature, but it is also economically ineffective. This means that there is a good possibility for increased benefits for both nature and local communities. We will try to help to quantify the effects of deforestation in the local region.

And last, we will also try to keep the blog updates, with plenty of nice images! In a few days, the next blog post about our first days in Corosha will be up! This is all for now. So long!

  4 comments for “Intro to Peru

  1. Hans Osterman
    November 12, 2016 at 00:36

    Interesting and important work you are doing! Good luck and keep it up! /Hans

  2. Bengt
    November 12, 2016 at 05:46

    Hej! Spännande och viktigt. Jag har stor respekt för ditt driv och engagemang. Keep it up! Du har väl med kameran?

  3. November 12, 2016 at 11:08

    Hi Wilhelm, Julia and Lima!
    I hope you will have an interesting and exciting time in Peru. This is important stuff you are doing. Good luck! /Jan & family

  4. November 12, 2016 at 18:57

    What an exciting opportunity this must be! Also, I’m glad you highlighted how important it is to understand the behavior of animals. Given my background I’m more drawn to addressing conflicts with people, but that’s largely because it fits my skill sets better. Studying animal behavior is no less important, and like you pointed out may even be the most important factor in conserving a species.

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