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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!
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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