Sometimes one feels that there seems to be a lull like the wind has dropped leaving the sails slack. This year appeared that way; fewer visitors and reforestation grants contributing to the lack of needed momentum at a precious time.
Admittedly land purchases have been tough and it’s been hard to close the available areas with their respective owners. I guess socio-economic conditions are constantly changing and these naturally affect the efficiency of our proposal.
Then I received an email that the Global Conservation Leadership Programme winners had been announced and found the page to seek the name of those prizewinners.
The Young Conservationists is a great programme that seeks young researchers in Biology and provides them with a grant to continue with their studies. I have often been asked by friends to submit a proposal but I do consider I am in the correct age range to compete. Imagine my delightful surprise when checking this year’s prizewinners to find the Muriqui Monkey Project in SE Brazil.
The picture of André Lanna and Rildo as winners of the 2017 prize gave me a huge confidence boost. Well done André, REGUA ranger Rildo and Muriqui Team!
André had mentioned that REGUA may be the last bastion of the Southern Muriqui primate and suspect that there could be three populations here. May their project continue to enjoy the success it deserves and place REGUA healthily on the map.
The wind is picking up my friends!