To Sam Shanee, co-founder of the organization Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC), the main threat for the conservation of Peru’s species and forests is corruption.
This investigator arrived in Peru with the idea of staying alone for a few months to study the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, a species that lives only in this country. Nevertheless, moved by the will to know more about this species, he has been promoting the conservation of wildlife for a decade, according to information from El Comercio.
The yellow-tailed woolly monkey is the largest primate in Peru and is critically endangered. “As it lives in an area of difficult access -the high zones of Amazonas, San Martín, and Huánuco-, it hasn’t been deeply studied and it is difficult to determine how many there are in nature”, wrote El Comercio.
Nevertheless, to Shanee, the main threat to this and other endangered species is corruption. “In terms of laws to protect the environment, Peru is one of the best countries I’ve seen”, he said to the media, “but nothing applies. I could say that the main threat is deforestation, but the main cause for this is poverty, and migrants from the sierra who do not have enough space and come to the jungle”, he continued.
NPC works with communities to educate them on what conservation is. It was founded in 2007 in a small reserve in the Amazon and it has continued to grow throughout the years.