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Capture of Amazon squirrel monkeys seen as vital for conservation

January 29th, 2013

Animal research scientists say they will use data gained from the first-ever capture of squirrel monkeys in the Amazon region to help preserve the species.

Researchers from Pará state’s Federal University in northern Brazil captured twenty squirrel monkeys in November in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve.

Scientists at the university were keen to gain a greater understanding of the squirrel monkeys’ reproductive systems amid fears their population could be falling in some geographical areas by loss of habitat linked to climate change.

After undergoing blood and biometric tests, the primates were later released back into the wild.

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