Palma Pintada monkeys Project
Feeding behavior and habitat use of a group of spider monkeys Ateles hybridus in a fragment of forest in the Caparo Forest Reserve, Venezuela
For this project a call was made where he offered as an undergraduate thesis in Biology to give him the opportunity to work with primates to an international student or Venezuelan. A Biology student from Peru was selected from the Federico Villarreal National University, Alisa Aliaga Samanez. The study was conducted between January and March 2013 with the follow-up of a group of spider monkeys composed of 16 individuals, including 4 breeding females, in a fragment of isolated forest of approximately 20 hectares.
This fragment is located in a sector known as Palma Pintada, which was part of the protected area of the Caparo Experimental Station of the ULA, but in 2004 were invaded and deforested 900 ha of which this small fragment was isolated with monkeys .
It should be remembered that in the last 30 years, 81.7% of the forest area of the Caparo Forest Reserve has been destroyed, the main cause has been the action of both national and foreign squatters who have dedicated land to agricultural use , Which contradicts the original use of forest production. It is common for the local inhabitants of the Forest Reserve to see the forest as unused and worthless land.