Protecting the spider monkeys of Panama

Thursday, 04 November 2010


Primate Conservation MSc graduate Pedro Mendez-Carvajal discusses the project he has been leading since leaving Oxford Brookes.

Primate Conservation MSc graduate Pedro Mendez-Carvajal discusses a project he has been involved with since studying at Oxford Brookes.

Pedro is helping protect the habitat of two little-known Panamanian primate species, the Azuero spider and howler monkeys.

Thanks to Pedro, the monkeys are able to use ever-dwindling areas of vegetation as farmers are encouraged to grow ‘living fences’. Such fences provide the monkeys with safe corridors and food while also offering fruit, firewood and medicinal plants for the local people.

Pedro says of his time studying at Oxford Brookes: “The programme prepares graduates to do a professional job in the field…which has helped me to improve my research and bring a strong conservation programme to my country.”

Students from more than 60 countries have completed the course and graduates occupy influential conservation positions in regions where primates are under threat such as Madagascar, India, Bangladesh, Peru, Indonesia, Sumatra, Vietnam, and many African countries as well as in sanctuaries and zoos across Europe, USA and Canada.

Video produced and provided by Tim Bearder.