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Saturday October 27, 2012
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Caparo forest reserve: Wildlife at risk


Biologist Diana Duque has conducted surveys on the spider monkeys for more than two years in the area of commodatum of Los Andes University inside the Caparo forest reserve, located in Barinas state (southwest Venezuela ). The spider monkey is an endangered species due to the sharp destruction of the forest. During her field work, Duque has been able to build an interesting photo portfolio of the Caparo's wildlife. Part of her research on the primates is posted on spidermonkeyproject.wordpress.com

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The spider monkey (Ateles hybridus) is the subject of study of biologist Diana Duque. It is the largest neotropical primate and its is at risk due to its habitat destruction. The spider monkey is on the list of the 25 most endangered primate species in the world (Photo: Diana Duque)
The spider monkey (Ateles hybridus) is the subject of study of biologist Diana Duque. 
It is the largest neotropical primate and its is at risk due to its habitat destruction. The spider monkey is on the list of the 25 most endangered primate species in the world (Photo: Diana Duque) The spotted frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) is an amphibians belonging to the Hylidae family. It features red spots on its skin and changes color over day and night (Photo: Diana Duque) The Leptodeira annulata is a small snake. It feeds on frogs, small reptiles, and occasionally, birds. As all the members of this genus, this species is opistoglyph (rear-fanged snakes) and slightly venomous (Photo: Diana Duque) Butterfly Agraulis vanillae: it is usually seen in parks and gardens. Its distribution area goes across Argentina, throughout Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean up to southern United States (Photo: Diana Duque) The arboreal porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) is a rodent species living in the forests from Mexico to Uruguay. Its upper body is covered with quills. It has nocturnal habits and lives on tree branches most of the time (Photo: Diana Duque) The white-faced monkey (Cebus albifrons) is distributed across six South American countries. It has not suffered widespread hunting. Additionally, it can survive in human settlements and areas covered with secondary vegetation (Photo: Diana Duque) The soldier-grasshopper (Chromacris speciosa) is widely distributed across the area. When adults, these insects are green and yellow, whereas the younger ones are black and red (Photo: Diana Duque) Young male spider monkey living in captivity. The destruction of their habitat facilitates predators' access to these animals (Photo: Diana Duque) Caricare (Polyborus plancus), typical bird of the plains. They walk and run on the ground looking for dead animals, or else, they attack snakes, frogs, rodents and fledglings (Photo: Diana Duque) The golden silk spider (Nephila clavipes) weaves the strongest spider web ever known. The females are much larger than males. Its venom is harmless, except for allergic people. It is not aggressive either, meaning that it does not bite in self-defense, but only to poison its preys (Photo: Diana Duque) The Araguato or red howler monkey is found in the Amazonian rain forests. They are characterized by having one of the strongest vocalization in the animal kingdom. These primates are mainly hunted to have them as pets. However, it is difficult to keep them in captivity due to their diet, based on young leaves (Photo: Diana Duque)
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