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Semarnat reports progress in caring for howler monkeys in the southeast of the country

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The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) reported on the monitoring that is carried out in a coordinated manner in the southeastern region of Mexico under a protocol for the care of non-human primates in the country, due to possible effects due to high temperatures to consequences of natural or anthropogenic phenomena, which establishes specific procedures for the protection and conservation of these populations, as well as implementation of actions in the face of the emerging mortality situation through the Representative Offices of the agency in Tabasco, Veracruz, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo.

It should be noted that the first records of the impact of howler monkeys occurred in the Chontalpa region in Tabasco and the municipalities of Juárez and Pichucalco in Chiapas, however, there are already reports of cases in the states of Campeche and Veracruz.

In the municipalities of Hueyapan and Catemaco in the state of Veracruz, actions are coordinated between Semarnat and state offices, in the Tuxtlas area, to begin placing drinking fountains and providing initial attention. Specific monitoring will be maintained in the region to provide the corresponding follow-up. In the state of Campeche, two brigades have been formed in the towns of Miguel Colorado and Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

In the case of Tabasco, work continues through the mobile units that already operate, together with academic and civil society experts who have been providing support to contain this situation. 

The Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco (UJAT) reported that in no more than 48 hours a Mobile Unit will be enabled on its campus in Comalcalco to extend care in the region. Meanwhile, a group of volunteers from this study house has brought help and materials to various communities to establish drinking fountains for wildlife.

For its part, the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas activated an emergency fund that will be allocated to the activities of the communities and the academy.

In the Mobile Unit of Cunduacán, Tabasco, there are four volunteer veterinarians, advised by two biologists as managers. Three agents from the General Directorate of Wildlife will also be incorporated to support fieldwork. At this moment, said Mobile Unit cares for seven offspring that are in good health conditions, two adults, and three adults that are already beginning to eat. Veterinary doctors recommend not moving the animals due to the risk of relapse due to stress.

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