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One boat.  One unexplored jungle.  One missing monkey.

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On a five-month journey in 2017, Dr. Laura K. Marsh, an American scientist, and her team of international researchers, local guides, conservationists and photographers, conducted a scientific expedition into an unexplored area of the Amazonian rainforest in the Upper Rio Juruá in Western Brazil. The reason for the expedition in that region was to search for a missing saki monkey species, which had not been seen alive there for more than 80 years!

Dr. Laura K. Marsh is an American scientist who, after years of studying different species of saki monkeys, discovered in 2014 that one of them (Pithecia vanzolinii) had not been seen alive in the upper Juruá watersheds where it was originally collected in the 1930s. As a result, she planned a several-months-long journey (January - May 2017) into this poorly explored corner of the Amazon rainforest to look for this missing monkey!

The quest to find the saki monkeys was a success! We searched along the Rios Juruá , Eiru, Gregorio and Liberdade in terra firme, flooded and unflooded forests on both sides of the rivers. Once we found them, we took the time to find as many groups as we could to learn about some of their habits and their distribution. In addition to studying the sakis, the team surveyed for all primates and mammals, birds when possible, and even fish and insects as we could record them.

An essential part of the expedition was understanding local ecological knowledge and traditions related to use of forest resources (plants and animals for food, shelter and trade) in order to assess the impact on biodiversity. Throughout the region there were varying degrees of hunting, fishing, farming and logging.

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An adult female ‘bark growls’ a warning at us.

An adult female ‘bark growls’ a warning at us.

Our Houseboat!    Expedition leaders, Dr. Laura K. Marsh and Dr. Felipe Ennes Sliva (abd), were very excited to meet Capitão Elival when they went to Brazil in May, 2016 to prepare for this expedition.

Our Houseboat! Expedition leaders, Dr. Laura K. Marsh and Dr. Felipe Ennes Sliva (abd), were very excited to meet Capitão Elival when they went to Brazil in May, 2016 to prepare for this expedition.

 
We used    canoes    like these to conduct daily research along the igarapés (small canals). Canoes were piloted by local guides aiding researchers in search of saki monkeys.

We used canoes like these to conduct daily research along the igarapés (small canals). Canoes were piloted by local guides aiding researchers in search of saki monkeys.

At night, Dr. Marsh, her team and the crew slept on the ground floor of the boat and in some very small cabins above. During the day, the area was transformed into a    floating research station.

At night, Dr. Marsh, her team and the crew slept on the ground floor of the boat and in some very small cabins above. During the day, the area was transformed into a floating research station.

Paolo Vanzolini    was a Brazilian scientist and composer. The saki monkey studied during this expedition was named in his honor in 1987 as    Pithecia    (pie-THEE-cee-a)    vanzolinii    (van-zo-LEE-nee-i).

Paolo Vanzolini was a Brazilian scientist and composer. The saki monkey studied during this expedition was named in his honor in 1987 as Pithecia (pie-THEE-cee-a) vanzolinii (van-zo-LEE-nee-i).

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