Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC)
Contact person: Sam Shanee
- Ecological research/futurology
- Educational policy/project
- Environmental organization
- Overnight facilities
- Volunteers are welcome.
Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) was founded in 2007 by a group of friends who shared the same passion for conservation. We began as a non-profit organization and were awarded UK charity status in August of 2009. In 2014 we expanded with a Peruvian branch and again in 2016 opening a branch in Colombia.
All three branches were set up in order to promote the conservation of Neotropical forest habitat and wildlife through various means. These include: land protection; research; improvement of degraded habitat for wildlife; creation of public awareness; and facilitation of the commercialisation of sustainable, ecological products on behalf of local people. Since 2007 NPC has been using primates as “flagship species” for community conservation projects.
• Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey Conservation: We aim to create community-run reserves that will protect major areas of the natural biological corridors connecting existing protected areas. This will ensure long-term habitat protection for L. flavicauda and other sympatric species. The yellow tailed woolly monkey project combines the creation of community-run reserves with scientific census work within the proposed reserves, a reforestation program using native tree species that are beneficial to humans and wildlife, environmental education and the development of markets for native agriculture products, handicrafts made in the area, and sustainable ecotourism.
• Wildlife Rescue & Releases: The battle against illegal wildlife trafficking has become one of our main activities. Wildlife trafficking is one of the major causes of species loss. Generally, we believe that animal welfare and conservation need to be treated together and are not mutually exclusive. By working for the rescue and long-term care of trafficked species we aim to minimize the effects of the illegal trade on endangered species, and by conserving forests we hope to provide a safe haven for animals where their capture and related suffering is prevented.
• Conservation Network: We are currently working to create and maintain eleven locally run conservation reserves, all of which are initiated and run by local communities and associations
• Landscape Level Conservation: We are currently working to create and maintain eleven locally run conservation reserves, all of which are initiated and run by local communities and associations as well as helping with the creation of new reserves.
• Reforestation In The Tropical Andes, Peru: Reforestation themes include enrichment planting of selectively logged forests with hardwood trees and the creation of multiple use forest buffer zones. Also, enrichment of pastures with legumes and other plants to improve lands, attract wildlife and reduce the need for clear cutting of new pastures by increasing the lifespan of existing pastures. NPC also raises public awareness on the importance of reforestation with native species, as opposed to using exotic trees like eucalyptus and pine, by giving special talks and poster presentations.
Sam Shanee is the Founder of Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC).
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.