Biodiversity research in Ayacucho’s cloudforests
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AYACUCHO PROGRAM

Biodiversity research in Ayacucho’s cloudforests

Our goal: Our collaborative and groundbreaking research on the region’s insects and primates will strengthen efforts to conserve the forests of Ayacucho. The Valle del Río Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro, (known as the VRAEM), is one of the most diverse areas in the Ayacucho Region. It encompasses various types of forests, from seasonally dry inter-Andean forests to humid cloudforests.

How does this project achieve our goal?

Publishing basic research on the biodiversity of the region will inform conservation policies and projects like ecotourism in the region or sustainable production of forest products. 


This was the first project focused on understanding the previously unknown diversity of the region’s insects. Closing this gap in scientific knowledge is an essential first step in protecting the region’s biodiversity. 


This research was coordinated by the Management of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of the Regional Government of Ayacucho.


How it works

Who we work with

  • We collected critical information on the entomofauna—or insects—in the cloud forests of the VRAEM, focusing on wild native melipona bees and nymphalidae butterflies.

  • Our team recorded 203 species of insects including 195 species of butterflies and 8 species of melipona bees.

  • We also recorded sightings of 5 incredible primates species threatened by deforestation in the Chungui District of the La Mar Province including the Peruvian spider monkey Ateles chamek and the Peruvian white-fronted capuchin Cebus yaracus.


  1. Regional Government Ayacucho
  2. MINAM
  3. Yunkawasi

  • Baseline of information for primates and insects
  • Research that informs conservation policies and initiatives

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