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14th May 2014

Interview of Angela Maldonado for Nocturna RCN

Who is Angela Maldonado? The conservationist who holds the research of Manuel Elkin Patarroyo in check:

"RCN Nocturna interviewed Angela Maldonado, founder of Fundación Entropika, who defends primates of the Colombian Amazon from being used as guinea pigs in biomedical research. The primatologist announced that on May 26, 2014, authorities will verify the implementation of the sentence of the State Council concerning the case of the scientist Manuel Elkin Patarroyo, who was questioned for capturing monkeys."

29th November 2013

State Council's final sentence protects owl monkeys and their habitats revoking hunting permits

The second instance ruling of the State Council (Consejo de Estado) of Colombia, revoked the hunting permits of owl monkeys (Aotus vociferans) for malaria research that were granted to the Foundation Institute of Immunology of Colombia (FIDIC). The sentence adheres to the first instance ruling issued by the Administrative Court of Cundinamarca (Popular Action No. 25000232400020110022701, filed by the primatologist Dr. Angela Maldonado and the solicitor Gabriel Vanegas).

Magistrate Enrique Gil Botero protected the collective rights regarding administrative morality as well as the sustainable use of natural resources in border areas, focusing in the conservation of owl monkeys. In addition, he ordered environmental authorities to regulate repopulation fees, as established by law.

"The courtroom emphasized that the decision is not an attempt to undermine scientific research in the country, but that, for the use and exploitation of animals by humans, it is necessary to comply with legal requirements and to ensure they are not subject to cruel and degrading treatments".

The sentence of the State Council, which orders the creation of a verification committee in order to guarantee compliance to the judgment, sets out a new challenge for Entropika's team as member of this committee: ensure the implementation and fulfillment of the sentence. For example, if a new permit is granted, the FIDIC is obliged to implement a captive breeding program of the species it wants to use.

We believe the decision to be a historic achievement for the conservation of Colombian wildlife and their ecosystems. It also makes it clear that we can still put our hopes in the Colombian judicial system, and we wholeheartedly welcome the decision of the State Council. Fundación Entropika once again would like to convey its gratitude for the continuous and unconditional support of the following institutions and individuals, who joined our cause for the last five years:

  • Funding institutions: The Whitley Fund for Nature, The Rufford Small Grants, Rainforest Concern, WWF - EFN, The International Primate Protection League (IPPL – US), The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV - UK), The Kilverstone Charitable Trust, and The American Society of Primatologists.
  • Campaign and institutional support: Tikuna communities in Colombia and Peru. The Colombian Primatological Society, The National Police (Leticia), San Marcos University and CITES Peru, The European Parlament, The DuMond Conservancy, The International Primatological Society, The European Federation for Primatologists, The Poruguese Primotological Society, ProWidlife, and the team of the senator Jorge Londoño. We would also like to thank Colombian journalists for the objective publishing of the State Council’s ruling.
  • Logistics and relevant documents: National University of Colombia (Bogota): Claudia Brieva, Prof. Thomas Defler and Marta Bueno. Universidad Javeriana: Dr. Manuel Ruiz. Andes University: Dr. Pablo Stevenson. Oxford Brookes University: Prof. Simon Bearder. Amacayacu National Park: Eliana Martínez and Alex Alfonso.
  • Individuals: Lina Pelaez, Xyomara Carretero, Dr. José Arturo Gutiérrez, Dr. Sian Evans and Dr. Robert Cooper, Dr. Eduardo Fernández-Duque, Dr. Mika Peck, Martin Stanley, Jaime Maldonado, Thomas Lafon, Catherine Bearder, Jairo Osorio and Entropika’s volunteer team.
  • Research permits: Colombian Park system, Ministry of Interior of Colombia and Ministry of Agriculture of Peru.

Click here to see the State Council's ruling, here to see the full version (in Spanish), and here to see an article in El Espectador.

10th October 2013

Test flights of the DJI Naza quadcopter

The GoPro Hero3 camera mounted on the DJI Naza quadcopter was tested in Europe before being taken to Colombia, where it will be used in a study that aims to develop an intelligent process used for the automatic taxonomic identification of prominent tropical tree species from very-high resolution aerial imagery in the Southern Colombian Amazon. The multi-rotor device was built by Dr. John Murray of Lincoln University, UK, and donated by Dr. Mika Peck of the University of Sussex, UK. More info on the project can be found on our projects page.

11th September 2013

The Aotus Project at the European Federation for Primatology, Antwerp, Belgium

Entropika presented the latest updates on the research and legal case of the Aotus Project at the 2013 congress of the European Federation for Primatology (EFP), in a presentation entitled "The Role of Primate Conservation to Fight the Illegal Trade in Primates: The Case of the Owl Monkeys in the Colombian - Peruvian Amazon". The EFP has shown their support by writing a letter to the Judiciary system in Colombia, where the popular action in favour of the conservation of Owl Monkeys and against their trafficking in the Amazon, is currently being studied by a magistrate who is preparing the second instance ruling.

30th July 2013

SUP team arrives to Leticia

Entropika would like to proudly announce the safe arrival of the Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) team in Leticia. For a month the team paddled the 1300 Km of Amazonian waters that separate Napo, Ecuador from Leticia, Colombia. This adventurous initiative donates to Entropika an Eco-Canoe, a sustainably manufactured boat made by the Cofán indigenous group, and an outboard motor which will be key to our conservation work in the tri-border area. We would like to deeply thank the bravery and dedication of Mika Peck and his team and congratulate them on this life-time achievement. More information on the journey can be found on the official SUP Facebook page.

May 2013

20 years of the Whitley Awards

Fundación Entropika would like to congratulate the Whitley Fund for Nature for their twentieth anniversary and for their vital support to grass-root conservation around the world! We are very proud of being part of the institutions supported by the WFN.

30th April 2013

Interview of Angela Maldonado for Radio Fantástica

Angela Maldonado, dedicated to the conservation of Amazonian biodiversity:

"Angela and her team at Fundación Entropika design methods that generate income for indigenous people, giving them incentives to abandon unsustainable hunting of monkeys and as such not affect the Amazonian ecosystem.”

1st April 2013

Stand up, and paddle, for the Amazon!

In July 2013 Dr. Mika Peck will lead an international team aiming to be the first to descend the Amazon River using inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards. The team will face a month of challenges on one of the mightiest rivers traveling over 1300 km through the Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Colombian Amazon before finishing at the border with Brazil. They aim to cover up to 80 km a day to raise funds for conservation and sustainable livelihoods while increasing awareness of the issues facing the Amazon basin. Please help Mika and his team to get to Leticia - give a donation or read more about this initiative here!

8-12th March 2013

Visit from The DuMond Conservancy

We had the visit of Dr Sian Evans, director of the DuMond Conservancy (US), and Dr. Robert Cooper, one of the first scientists conducting primate census in Colombia during the early 70s. Both of them are experts in the Aotus (night monkeys). We gave them an update of the current advances of the popular action to stop the illegal trade in night monkeys for biomedical research. Although currently trapping permits are revoked, however the regional environmental authority and the biomedical facility continue releasing monkeys after experimentation into indigenous territories. A supporting letter for the popular action was submitted by Dr Evans and Dr. Cooper to the court. In addition, we established collaboration between volunteers from the DuMond Conservancy and the participatory video group “Omagua” from Mocagua indigenous community. This project will start in April-May, 2013.

January 2013

Meeting in the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

We had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Catherine Bearder, MEP of the Liberal Democratic Party of southeast England, who is part of the team that oversees the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Colombia-Peru. An overview of the progress of the popular action that aims at eradicating the illegal trade between Colombia and Peru of owl monkeys used in malaria research was given during the meeting. As a result, Ms. Bearder sent a communication to the President of Colombia, Mr. Juan Manuel Santos, to stress the importance of following the agreements of Colombia’s treaty with the EU, especially with regards to the environment.

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