Scientifically called Ateles hybridus, this primate is considered by IUCN as critically endangered, a condition mainly caused by the transformation of natural ecosystems into agricultural and livestock farming areas and hunting (Defler 2004).
Furthermore, this species is poorly represented in protected areas and only two small sub-populations take refuge in some national natural parks of Colombia. Other remnant sub-populations are found in small fragments that form part of livestock matrices. To promote the conservation of these sub-populations, knowledge of the basic biological and ecological elements of the species, many of which are still to be determined, is necessary.
Currently, at WCS we are working on the quantitative assessments of the conservation status of the Magdalena Spider Monkey. We are also working to determine its distribution, its available habitat and its abundance in sites with different pressures and features. We are additionally promoting its protection through the declaration of reserves and the signing of voluntary conservation agreements with landowners and communities. These include, among other aspects, the restoration of habitats and a no-hunting commitment.
All these activities are possible due to the financing of Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, Ecopetrol, Fondo Acción, Proyecto Primates Foundation and WCS.