Abstract # 5904 Poster # 57:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 07:00 PM-09:00 PM: Session 11 (Decatur B) Poster Presentation


CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH PRIMATES TO CONNECT THE HABITAT

F. Vidal-Garcia1, J. C. Serio-Silva1, L. M. Ayala-Camacho2 and C. Oliva-Uribe2
1Instituto de Ecología AC., Carretera Antigua a Coatepec No. 351, El Haya, Xalapa, Veracruz 91070, USA, 2Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Huixquilucan
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     The Mexican primates are endangered due to the habitat fragmentation and practices like agriculture and livestock. It is necessary working intensively with people in communities in order they understand the importance of primates and protect them. The aim of this project was to establish practices for restoring the habitat of primates in places in which they inhabit. We visited communities in Natural Protected Areas and their transition regions in the states of Veracruz, Tabasco and Chiapas. We collected information of perceptions about primates and activities of habitat restoration. Additionally, we recorded groups of primates and characteristics of fragments in which they are present. We located close fragments with suitable characteristics for primates. We organized workshops in which we show to people information about the advantages of using live fences, and provide native trees which could be beneficial for both people and primates, we collected information about perceptions before and after workshops. We proposed to people places for planting and connecting fragments (according with previous observations), and people chose species they wanted to plant. We developed 87 workshops which were attended by 5200 people (children and adult). 155has were reforested and 5600 meters of live fences were planted, connecting 16 fragments and let 35 groups of primates move among them. This project reflects that for conserving primates it is necessary encourage people to know them.