Abstract # 3751 Event # 26:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2012 03:45 PM-04:00 PM: Session 7 (Camellia ) Oral Presentation


PERCEPTIONS ABOUT MONKEYS IN TABASCO, MEXICO

F. Vidal-García1 and J. C. Serio-Silva2
1Posgrado del Instituto de Ecología AC, Xalapa, Veraruz, Mexico, 2Red Biología y Conservación de Vertebrados, Instituto de Ecología AC., Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
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     The human perception about monkeys is the consequence of the kind of contact that people have with them in the areas where these animals inhabit. We have been working to understand the different local people opinions about species of Mexican monkeys (Alouatta pigra, A. palliata and Ateles geoffroyi). We interviewed 207 people in 85 localities in the state of Tabasco, Mexico. The interviews were based on 15 questions about personal knowledge concerning to biology and behavior, local uses, benefits obtained from them, and interest in primate conservation. At the moment, we have identified tendencies using descriptive statistics. We found 134 places with current presence, 54 places with past presence, and 19 places in which species have never been present. Attitudes and uses depend on the places in which people are living. Negative opinions were more frequent in places in which people do not have contact with monkeys. However, knowledge and positive perceptions were more frequent in places in which people have, or had a daily contact with them. We have collected information about 19 traditional uses for monkeys; it includes nine recipes and three medicinal uses. People have identified 67 different plants which monkeys use in their feeding. These results represent a first approximation for identifying perceptions about monkeys and then, places in which efforts for conservation could be effective.