WCS Colombia

White-footed Tamarin (Saguinus leucopus)

The White-footed tamarin (Saguinus leucopus) is one of the most endangered endemic primate species of Colombia. Its range largely overlaps with one of the most transformed regions of the country: the area between the lower Cauca river valley and middle Magdalena river valley. In this region much of the original ecosystems have been transformed to pastures and other crops, significantly reducing the available habitat for the species and fragmenting its populations. In addition, there is a huge pressure on remnant populations due to high extraction rates for trade as pets. Despite being considered an endangered species (EN) by the specialist group of IUCN, with a recognized ecological and cultural importance, there are important information gaps on the current distribution, population status and ecology of the White-footed tamarin.

WCS have an agreement with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the Colombian Association of Zoos and Aquaria to implement the international program of conservation of this species. The goal of this agreement is to diagnose quantitatively the conservation status of this species in its whole distribution. We are working on determining its current distribution and habitat available, population densities in several localities, genetic diversity and health status. Additionally, WCS have another agreement with the Environmental Ministry to implement the national conservation program. In this agreement it will support the genetic and health components.   



Sede Principal (Cali):
Avenida 5 Norte # 22 N - 11 Barrio Versalles
Teléfono: +57 (2) 379 9322
Cel: +57 320 6719711

Sede Bogotá:
Cra. 7 No. 82-66 Torres San José
Torre A - Oficina 312
Teléfono: + 57 (1) 721 8116

Key Staff

Luz Dary Acevedo
Global Health Program Coordinator
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Featured Partners

Association Beauval Nature
Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial
European Association of Zoos and Aquaria