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Northern Muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 162512917

Population Viability of Northern Muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus) at Caparaó National Park, Brazil

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 162512917) - Northern Muriqui - Awarded $12,000 on October 01, 2016

The northern-muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus) is a critically endangered primate endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Fewer than 1000 individuals live in a dozen isolated forest fragments, each containing small sub-populations with decreasing genetic diversity and suffering from diverse antrhopogenic pressures. Among these forest fragments, only five are considered as priority areas for conservation of the muriquis in situ, indicated to contain the largest populations of the species. The Caparaó National Park (CNP), in south-eastern Brazil, is a Conservation Unity of 31.853-ha and is one of the five priority areas indicated for the conservation of the Northern Muriqui. Despite its importance, the status of muriqui population at the Park was poorly known and the level of threats to the species could be very high. 

The overall goal of this project is to implement a research program of long-term for conservation of muriquis at Caparaó National Park, that will contribute to studies about species biology and to provide subsidies for the implementation of the proposed targets in the National Muriqui Action Plan. Our main objetives are: 1. Determine the spatial distribution and estimate the population density of northern muriquis in the Caparaó National Park; 2. Evaluate the population status of the species in the Caparaó National Park; 3. Acquire information about the occurrence of the species in new locations around the Park; 4. Contribute to include strategies for muriquis conservation in the Management Plan of CNP, and on potential areas for primate watching at CNP; 5. Contribute with the aims of the National Action Plan for the Conservation of Muriquis.

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