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19-21st April 2016

I Symposium of Biodiversity and Conservation of the Alto Solimoes: Threats and Priorities, Tabatinga, Brazil

Oral Presentation of "Searching for strategic alliances to enhance primate conservation at the tri-border area Brazil-Colombia-Peru".

This Symposium was the results of previous academic events organised by the Universidade do Estado do Amazonas (UEA). As part of our collaboration with the UEA, Dr. A. Maldonado gave a course on methods and data analyses for conducting census of primates in Amazonian ecosystems.

8-10th April 2016

IPPL Supporters’ Meeting, Summerville, South Carolina

Oral presentation of "Law Enforcement to end monkey smuggling along the Colombian-Peruvian Amazon border".

Primate field experts from around the world held a conference in Summerville at the International Primate Protection League (IPPL). Their headquarters features a sanctuary for rescued gibbons which are the smallest of apes. Experts spoke on a wide variety of topics including surviving the Ebola crisis and the illegal trading of primates.

9th February 2016

First forum of the Thinking Centre on Research Ethics in Animal Models of the National University of Colombia, Bogota

The first forum of the Thinking Centre on Research Ethics in Animal Models of the National University of Colombia took place on the 9th February in Bogota, during which researchers, government institutions and civil society met in order to define guidelines for the development of a public policy on "Ethics in biological, biomedical and psychosocial research". The process was led by professors Afife Mrad de Osorio (director) and Carmen Alicia Orozco de Martínez (coordinator).

More information can be found on the official page of the National University here.

12th November 2015

Oral presentation at the XVI Brazilian Congress of Primatology, Manaus

The congress, held at the Federal University of Amazonas, was themed around "Conservation and Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Primatology". The main objective was discussing the need to develop in a manner compatible with the conservation of natural resources.

Angela Maldonado presented "A necessidade de cooperação internacional para mitigar o tráfico de primatas na trí­plice fronteira amazônica Brasil-Colômbia-Peru".

30th September 2015

Entropika, Defenzoor del Año 2015

"Defenzoor del Año" (Animal Defender of the Year) is a tribute created 11 years ago by Defenzoores with the support of the University of Antioquia, Colombia, which recognizes the outstanding work of individuals and entities in the promotion of respectful coexistence with animals.

"Last Wednesday, 30th September, in the Auditorium of the University of Antioquia, the Defenzoor del Año Award was given to Fundación Entropika, an entity of the Colombian Amazon that has been working for the animals and communities of that region.

The public law suit filed in 2011 by the foundation and its Director against the indiscriminate and massive use of the only nocturnal monkeys of the new world, gave rise to a sentence of the State Council that reinforced the status of animals as sentient beings and the State's duty to protect the rights of nature and all of its species; which the Sentence C 666 of the Constitutional Court already had declared in 2010.

The Scientific Director of the foundation, Angela Maldonado, who enjoys a growing admiration of environmentalists and animalists from around the country, travelled from Leticia to receive the Award."

Click here for more information and photos of the event.

31st August 2015

New IPS (International Primatological Society) policy on trade in primates captured in the wild

Entropika is leading the working group "On the use of primates and their trade", created during the last International Congress of Primatology in Hanoi, Vietnam. This group proposed a policy to IPS (being the most important international community in the field of Primatology) that seeks to regulate the use of primates in research, zoos and parks, amongst others.

The proposal provides recommendations on the trade of primates to prevent the use of wild animals, asserting the exclusive use of animals bred in captivity, due to the high trafficking of primates that are declared as bred in captivity, but that really are being trafficked from tropical countries to breeding centres. Moreover, cooperation with international authorities such as INTERPOL and CITES is emphasized.

The working group consists of Angela M. Maldonado, Mary Blair, Claire Beastall, Drew Cronin, Nicholas Malone, Sian Waters, Daniel Stiles, and Janette Wallis. The new policy has been approved by IPS shareholders with 205 votes in favour and 3 against.

Click here to see the policy.

15th and 16th August 2015

Third animal welfare campaign in Leticia

During 2 days another animal welfare campaign was conducted in the city of Leticia during which 89 domestic animals were sterilized. The event was conducted by Entropika, medical veterinaries Lina Pelaez Cortes, Carolina Briceño Veloza and Tamara Bonilla Riveros, the Tanimboca Natural Reserve, together with the logistical support of the Amacayacú National Park and the National Police. So far, we have dewormed and vaccinated 269 animals and have sterilized 230.

Pictures of the campaign can be seen here.

14th August 2015

Workshop on governmental experiences in animal protection legislation

Entropika, with the support of the Municipal Administration of Leticia, through the Secretary of Competitiveness, Environment and Tourism led by Dr. Zonia Marín Galeano, and Fundación FATA, organized a workshop on governmental experiences in animal protection legislation to provide the Board of Animal Defence of Leticia with the tools necessary for the formulation of a public policy that will promote animal welfare at municipal level and the construction of a rescue centre for dogs and cats. The workshop was given by Alejandro Gaviria Henao, lawyer in animal protection legislation of the Municipal Administration of Medellín. The Board for Animal Defence is currently composed of the Municipal Administration of Leticia, the Municipal Attorney, Corpoamazonía (regional environmental authority), Fundación Pro Vida Animal, the Collective for Animal Defence, Fundación Entropika and the National Police, who search for ways to improve animal welfare.

Click here to see the news on the website of the Municipal Administration of Leticia.

More pictures of our animal welfare campaign can be seen here.

8th August 2015

Cleaning day in La Esperanza neighbourhood, Leticia

Together with the help of the Municipal Administration of Leticia, the Environmental Police, the Army, Fundación FATA, Fundación Amazonas Sin Límites, the local school of Pacho Vela and Corpoamazonía, Entropika organized a cleaning day in La Esperanza, marginal neighbourhood in Leticia. People living in the neighbourhood were invited by the students of Pacho Vela to bring their recyclable (plastic, cardboards, paper, etc.) and non-recyclable waste (organics and others) to two recollection points. The recyclable waste was then transported by the Environmental Police to the recycling plant of Fundación Amazonas Sin Límites, and the non-recyclable was transported by the Municipal Administration to the city’s sanitary landfill. Fundación FATA and the Army were in charge of cleaning the main park and roads of the neighbourhood. The president of the Communal Action Board and Corpoamazonía socialized the new timetable of waste recollection in Leticia; responsibility which will be taken over by the Municipal Administration of Leticia on the 28th of August 2015.

Click here to see the news on the website of the Municipal Administration of Leticia.

More pictures of our waste management campaign can be found here.

23rd July 2015

Entropika's primate census database published on the GBIF website

Entropika’s dataset of visual detections of primates was developed to provide long-term and reliable census records of the occurrence of primates at the Colombian – Peruvian Amazonian border. This study provided baseline information on the primate community at 11 sampling sites exposed to different levels of hunting (low, medium and high hunting pressure) and under different protection categories (protected area, indigenous land, private reserve, state reserve and forest without any protection). These data provide crucial information for the implementation of conservations strategies. The dataset is composed out of 1,623 visual detections of 11 primate species (5 families, 10 genera) collected between March 2005 and May 2015 over 761 days of effective diurnal and nocturnal census fieldwork. It is currently the most complete census dataset of primates in the Colombian – Peruvian Amazonian border, making it an invaluable resource for research in the area.

The dataset is freely available in English and its metadata in Spanish from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility website.

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