After the success of a previous primate-searching expedition (see Brazilian Amazon portfolio), in May 2019 I joined again Neotropical mammal expert Fiona Reid and Jon Hall from mammalwatching.com, this time on an 11-day trip to Peru. The main targets were the critically endangered Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey, that has one of its last strongholds in the Abra Patricia-Alto Nieva montane cloud forests, and the Emperor Tamarin, found in the lowland Amazon forests of Madre de Dios. The latter had been one of my most-wanted mammals to see and photographed for many years. We found and had very good views of both species, even if the Wooly Monkey was much harder to photograph well. The itinerary produced many other mammals, birds, herps, and some really interesting invertebrates. I especially enjoyed seeing and photographing the Brown Titi Monkeys that were quite tame around Los Amigos Research Station in Madre de Dios; several titi species o had eluded me in previous trips to Brazil and Colombia, where I just had fleeting glimpses at them.
You can see Jon Hall’s detailed trip report at Mammalwatching’s website here .