Researchers describe new species of primate of the Amazon rainforest. Although newly discovered, the animal may already be at risk of extinction by loss of habitat due to deforestation.
The director and co-founder of the Global Conservation Institute, spent ten years studying the saki monkey family. This monkeys, like all South American primates, suffer from the effects of region-wide habitat disturbances.
Deforestation, real estate pressure and uncontrolled growth of Manaus have reduced the population of the primate that is endemic to the Amazon capital.
Research has shown that small monkeys in hunted forests exhibit compensatory growth in the absence of larger primates. In other words, when larger monkeys are removed, population densities of small monkeys can skyrocket.
An expedition to the southern Amazon in search of a new species takes years of planning and should bring extra benefits to science.
Specie unique to Amazon, the Pied tamarin continues in to top the list of endangered animals.
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