Quantifying remaining forested habitat within the historic distribution of the cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) in Colombia: Implications for long-term conservation
Article first published online: 3 DEC 2004
© 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Volume 64, Issue 4, pages 451–457, December 2004
How to Cite
Miller, L., Savage, A. and Giraldo, H. (2004), Quantifying remaining forested habitat within the historic distribution of the cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) in Colombia: Implications for long-term conservation. Am. J. Primatol., 64: 451–457. doi: 10.1002/ajp.20091
- Issue published online: 3 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 3 DEC 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 JUL 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 10 JUN 2004
- Manuscript Received: 22 DEC 2002
- Landsat imagery
Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) data were used to classify forested areas within the historic distribution of the endangered cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) in Colombia. This species continues to be threatened by habitat destruction, and we observed a 31% decrease of the forested habitat within the tamarins' historic distribution in 1990–2000. It is estimated that since the establishment of some protected areas for cotton-top tamarins and other native Colombian wildlife (Parque Nacional Natural Paramillo, Santuarío de Fauna y Flora Los Colorados, and Reserva Forestal de Montes de Maria), almost 43% of the original forested area has been lost. Given that the human population of Colombia increases annually by 1.6% [Patel, 2002], it is important to target specific areas for tamarin protection while creating mitigation strategies to compensate for economic growth. The results of this study provide valuable information to assist in the long-term development of effective conservation strategies for this endangered primate. Am. J. Primatol. 64:451–457, 2004. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.