Monkey Forest Tales: What do we want for Zocay Project in 2022

First I want to apologize with you for not writing last week, as for all of us pandemic and life also make things complicated for me for a few days. However, I want to talk about more positive things in today’s post such as Zocay Project plans for this new year.

As every year since the last 17 years we are planning to continue with monkeys population monitoring as we still have questions about how abundance and density change over time in a fragmented landscape. We also still need to monitor if Chela, the squirrel monkey female who seems to stop reproducing, have a baby this year or not and how many new babies we have for this year.

Also we want to measure the frequency of wildlife use of cattle water sources of different types in our study are to see if there is any other way in which we can help wildlife to overcome water scarcity during dry season in cattle ranching areas. This year we will try to get data on road killings and at least some information on feral dog’s impact on wildlife in the area. 

Hopefully our collaborations with local people and organizations in Villavicencio and Cumaral will continue and we gather more information about monkeys in these areas. As well as expand our search for distribution limits for the endemic dusky titi monkey. Let’s just hope this pandemic let’s us do all the work we want to do.

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