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We are currently seeking donations to cover the following expenses for this coming summer (2017):
1. Laboratory supplies related to primate parasite research. Specifically, materials to genetically test for the presence of specific parasite species of concern both to the monkeys and to people living nearby. This will build on what we have found morphologically using microscopy at the field site.
2. Supplies for a Golding Mining exhibit including plaster and paints, 360 camera, and printing costs. Gold mining is a major reason for deforestation and water contamination in Peru.
3. Camera trap for both density-modeling exercises with large mammals and also for media project designed by Jessica Suarez & Maise McNeice.
4. Radio-collar equipment for exploratory night monkey behavior and density study which can be used to develop habitat models.
5. Laboratory supplies related to metagenomics research associated with diet and parasite analysis in night monkeys. Metagenomics allow us to assess what specific species the monkeys are eating and to develop a better understanding of what pathogens exist within the gut flora.
6. Field supplies needed for a tropical conservation course that we are teaching through SUNY-ESF this summer. Students from around the U.S. will be conducting field-based research involving any number of the 12 species of primates that exist there, and also addressing questions related to fish and reptile conservation biology, evolution, and physiology questions. Examples of needed equipment includes GPS, binoculars, consumables such as first aid kit and headlamps for night-time research, microscope slides, netting, DNA storage materials, measuring tapes, and collection tubes.
Just one other note. No money goes towards salaries, overhead expenses to outside parties, or to anything other than answering the questions/topics above.
Thank you once again for you support! For more information about our projects, please visit tropicalconservationfund.weebly.com.