Spotlight on Central & South America
Central and South America – or the Neotropics – are home to well over 200 species and subspecies of primates.
They live in all habitats – from tiny tropical islands to the high Andes mountains; from the Amazon rainforest to the dry thorny forest of the Chaco in Paraguay and Bolivia. Primates here are a wonderfully diverse group: the tiny Pygmy Marmoset weights just 100 grams; the Wooly Spider Monkey is 150 times larger.
All primate aficionados should visit Brazil, ideally several times. Brazil has the highest number of primate species in South America, including the Black Uakari, two Woolly Spider Monkeys and all four of the beautiful Lion Tamarins. Several new species have been described in the past 10 years.
Some of the best primate watching areas are in the Amazon and best reached by boat from Manaus, or in the little remaining Atlantic Rainforest along the coast. Other countries on every primatewatchers wishlist include Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
Most species are endangered and many cling on in tiny patches of forest. Responsible primatewatching could be enough to tip the scales towards the survival of whole species, as this article about Brazil’s Mato Grosso argues.
Neotropical Primate Conservation – is dedicated to the conservation of primates and their habitats in South and Central America. We aim to promote conservation and protect biodiversity in the Neotropics