Projeto Muriqui de Caratinga
|Northern Muriqui are classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species™ (version 2022-1)|
Northern Muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus) – Critically Endangered *
- The Northern Muriqui monkey is one of the most critically endangered primates on earth.
- Fewer than 1,000 individuals are known to survive in only a dozen remaining fragments of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.
- Muriquis are among the most peaceful primates known, earning them the nickname the “hippy woolly monkey”.
- The Atlantic Forest is one of the five “hottest” hotspots for biodiversity, and the muriqui serves as an influential flagship for conservation efforts on behalf of this threatened ecosystem.
- One of the last remaining strongholds for northern muriquis is a privately-owned, federally-protected reserve, known as the RPPN Feliciano Miguel Abdala.
- Although less than 1,000 hectares in size, this forest now supports more than 350 muriquis, representing more than one-third of the entire species.
- The success of the muriquis in this population is essential to the survival of this species.
- They live in uniquely egalitarian societies in which males remain in their natal groups and females move between groups before the onset of puberty.
- Female muriquis have slow rates of reproduction, with the birth of their first infants at an average age of 9-10 years, and births at 3-year intervals throughout their unusually long life spans, which can exceed 35 years.
About The Muriqui Project of Caratinga
- The Project is of the longest running field studies on any wild, unprovisioned primate.
- The Project is administered by Karen B. Strier (University of Wisconsin-Madison), in collaboration with Sérgio L. Mendes (Universidade Federal de Espirito Santo).
- In addition to its commitment to non-invasive scientific research and conservation, the Project has a long-standing tradition of training Brazilian students.
- Since 1983, more than 50 students and post docs have participated on the Project, contributing to the long-term, individual-based monitoring of the population.
- The Project maintains strong collaborations with Brazilian scientists and conservation NGOs, including Preserve Muriqui, the NGO that administers the Reserve.
- Our goal is to insure that the muriquis and their forest are protected for the future.
[* current IUCN Red List Category]
(photos by Amanda Coimbra / Projeto Muriqui de Caratinga)
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