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.