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During a 4-month journey, Dr. Laura K. Marsh and her team of international researchers, local guides, conservationists and photographers conducted a scientific expedition into an unexplored area of the Amazonian rainforest. The Upper Rio Juruá, in northwestern Brazil was selected for this expedition to conduct a full survey of all the mammals that live there. One of the main purposes of this expedition was to look for saki monkeys that have not been seen alive there for over 80 years!

Dr. Laura K. Marsh is an American scientist who after years of studying different species of saki monkeys, discovered that one of them (Pithecia vanzolinii) had not been seen alive in the Juruá watersheds where it was originally collected in the 1930s. As a result, she planned a journey into this unexplored corner of the Amazon rainforest where a world of unknown animals live in seasonally flooded forests, searching for this missing monkey!

  An adult female bark growls a warning at us.

An adult female bark growls a warning at us.

The quest for finding living saki monkeys  was a success! After searching for them along the Rio Eiru, Rio Gregorio and Rio Liberdade the team reported saki troops on both sides of the rivers. However, the region is affected by hunting, farming, and logging with sakis being affected by habitat disturbance.

In addition to studying the saki distribution, all mammals present in the study area were surveyed. During the whole expedition understanding the ecological knowledge and traditions related to the use of forest resources of local villagers was essential to assess its impact on biodiversity.

Keep following Dr. Marsh and her team to read all of the great science resulting from this amazing project!

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   This was our Houseboat!!  The expedition leaders, Dr. Laura K. Marsh and Dr. Felipe Ennes Sliva (abd), were super happy to meet  Capitão Elival  when they went to Brazil in May, 2016 to prepare for this expedition.

This was our Houseboat!! The expedition leaders, Dr. Laura K. Marsh and Dr. Felipe Ennes Sliva (abd), were super happy 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, this 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, this 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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