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Wednesday, October 5 • 2:40pm - 2:55pm
Restoring Wild Places | Proyecto Washu (Brown-Headed Spider Monkeys)
Proyect Washu's primary goal is to protect the habitat of one of the most endangered primate species in the world, the Brown-headed spider monkey (Ateles fusciceps fusciceps). They face immediate threats of habitat loss from cropland expansion, mining activities, and legal or illegal logging. To reduce the impact of these threats, Proyecto Washu works on Scientific Research, Community-led Development, Ex-Situ Conservation, and Sustainability Environmental Education. Proyecto Washu is certain that biodiversity conservation in highly diverse regions is directly linked to the quality of life of local communities and the appropriation of their territory. They believe that local communities are the ones who lose the most from deforestation, but they are also who can gain the most from the protection of the forest.

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Nathalia Fuentes

Co-Director, Proyecto Washu
Nathalia Fuentes Is an Ecuadorian biologist who co-founded Proyecto Washu 10 years ago. As a co-director, she works for the conservation of Ecuadorian primates, especially the brown-headed spider monkey, through scientific research, community work, and environmental education. She... Read More →
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Felipe Alfonso

Co-Director, Proyecto Washu
Felipe Alfonso-Cortes is a biologist who has been working in biodiversity conservation for a decade, mainly on endangered neotropical primates. He is co-founder and co-director of Proyecto Washu/Fundación Naturaleza y Arte in Ecuador, where they are developing a conservation strategy... Read More →
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Esteban Rivera

Primatologist, Proyecto Washu
Esteban Rivera is an Ecuadorian biologist who joined Proyecto Washu in 2017 to develop as a primatologist. He worked on community environmental education and managed the Proyecto Washu Reserve in Manabí Province. Esteban participated in the status evaluation and monitoring of primates... Read More →

Wednesday October 5, 2022 2:40pm - 2:55pm PDT
Blue Stage (Virtual)