Ka Apor Capuchin Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… The Ka’apor capuchin inhabits the most densely populated area of humans which results in a high amount of human activity that has a strong influence on the Ka’apor capuchin’s habitat. The activities that contribute to the deforestation of the Ka’apor’s habitat include the expansion of farmland, cattle ranches and plantations. Another contributing factor to deforestation is logging and mining, a lot of which is done illegally, in order to retrieve construction materials and raw sources of power. Large amounts of forest are also cut down in order to make room for hydroelectric dams, in 1984 the Tucuruí dam was constructed, the largest in Brazil, in the Tocantins River, the construction of this dam lead to the flooding of an area roughly 2,246 km2 in size (Oliveira, Alfaro & Veiga, 2014). Second to deforestation, the hunting of primates to drive the illegal trade of bush meat is a very strong influence on the current decline of Ka’apor capuchins. A final direct threat to the conservation of Ka’apor capuchins is people keeping of them as pets, many primates in the area are captured to sell or to keep as pets, especially with capuchin monkeys high level of intelligence makes them a highly sought out pet, the Ka’apor capuchin included. As the Ka’apor capuchin already occurs rarely in the wild, taking individuals out …show more content…
Not only do the laws need to be enforced more, but greater penalisations should be put into place to act as a stronger deterrent to those individuals looking to breaking the laws. It is likely that the local human populations in Maranhão and Pará are simply ignorant to the conservation threats they pose to the Ka’apor capuchin. To combat this, conservation education needs to be emphasised in the local …show more content…
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