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This is Sam

Sam is a Primate Conservationist fighting to save the wildlife of the neotropical Amazon by protecting the rainforest from deforestation.

With your help

Sam will be able to collaborate with more local communities to protect the rainforest and save its Endangered species from extinction.

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Neotropical Primate Conservation

Sam Shanee

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Awards & features:

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Why care

The neotropical Amazon rainforest is becoming increasingly threatened by deforestation for commercial logging and land clearance along with human-wildlife conflict and increasing illegal wildlife trade. As a consequence, habitats are shrinking at an alarming rate and the vast biodiversity of the region is at risk. 

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The work

Sam is the Co-founder and Project Director at Neotropical Primate Conservation. 

  • Sam and the NPC conduct research and collect data on its flagship species, the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, as well as on other primates and endangered species.

  • Sam and the NPC spearhead extensive community conservation efforts with 12 communities, to incentivize the protection of their rainforests and wildlife. 

  • Sam helps communities set up protected areas and supplies them with equipment and education to manage and conserve the rainforest.


  • Are working with, and have helped 12 communities in the region.

  • In collaboration with the communities, have transformed over 100,000 hectares of rainforest into a protected area. 

  • Helped increase the population of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey by 30 %.

  • Have successfully lifted the yellow-tailed woolly monkey out of the top 25 most Endangered primates in the world. 

  • Have made local communities ban the hunting of endangered species.

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The mission

Sam is on a mission to save the vulnerable primates of the neotropical Amazon rainforest and conserve its remarkable biodiversity.

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