Conservation Spotlight

Getting there: The rush to turn the Amazon into a soy transport corridor

The Amazon’s rivers once were sufficient for commerce; now international commodities traders want to build roads, railways and industrial waterways thru the Amazon’s heart. By Sue Branford and Maurício Torres Top photo by Mauricio Torres: The Bunge commodities terminal in Miritituba on the Tapajós River. Tapajós basin fishermen have complained that the Miritituba port has polluted […]

Conservation Spotlight

200,000 of Peru’s primates trafficked for pet trade or bushmeat yearly

Estimates show that the illegal domestic and international trade in Peruvian primates is dramatically diminishing threatened primate species. By Mrinalini Erkenswick Watsa. This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com. (Republished under Published underCreative Commons BY-NC-ND). Peru has 71 primate species, 8 of which are endemic — all are at risk from trafficking; hunters often target the most endangered […]