Abstract # 165:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011 07:00 PM-09:00 PM: Session 23 (Salon G (Sixth Floor)) Poster Presentation


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES: A TOOL FOR PRIMATES' CONSERVATION IN MEXICO

F. Vidal-Garcia1,2, L. E. Argüello-Sánchez 1,2, N. E. Corona-Callejas3 and J. C. Serio-Silva2
1Posgrado del Instituto de Ecologia A.C. , Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 2Red Biología y Conservación de Vertebrados, Instituto de Ecología AC, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 3Jardín Botánico “Francisco Javier Clavijero”, Instituto de Ecología AC, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
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Mexico is a privileged country because it has vast biological richness. Among the most important and endangered ecosystems are the rainforests of the southeast. It is home to a large number of mammals, including three species of wild primates: two howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra & A. palliata mexicana) and spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), all three are endangered due the rapid disappearance of rainforests or as consequence of their sale as pets. For this reason we are trying to put children and teenagers in contact with these inhabitants of the jungle by designing and implementing educative activities in workshops. We provide information using a simple language, showing photographs and videos on the biology, behavior, environment, and conservation status of these species. We emphasize the importance of monkeys as seed dispersal agents as if they were the “farmers of the forest”. To date, we have done workshops in different forums in Mexico and in other countries (Canada). In each workshop have participated between 20-150 children, which, helped by their parents, have learned about Mexican monkeys. At the end of our workshops, we promote the generation of reflections about primates' conservation and new knowledge that children have learned. We believe that by promoting children's natural curiosity to learn more about species through environmental education, we motivate them to understand the importance of protecting and respecting the environment.