A risk assessment for the Bolivian squirrel monkey has been conducted by the Department.
As a key component of risk assessment for import into Tasmania, conventional climate modelling was applied to compare the state’s environment with the species’ natural range in South America. CLIMATCH revealed “low” potential (no cells in the top 5 score) for suitable habitat across the entire state.
The risk assessment determined the Bolivian squirrel monkey as moderately dangerous to humans, having a low establishment risk and with a moderate consequence of establishment. It was therefore proposed the species be assigned to a moderate threat category.
Following the initial risk assessment, the Department considers permitting the importation of animals assessed as ‘moderate risk’ into the State as long as appropriate mitigation measures, enforced through a wildlife exhibition licence, can be identified and applied.
Mitigation options to reduce the risk associated with importing Bolivian squirrel monkey could include:
- Limit importation to registered wildlife parks or zoos to ensure that holding facilities meet the stringent keeping standards that apply to all such institutions in Tasmania;
- Require any wildlife park or zoo to submit a Bolivian squirrel monkey Species Management Plan (including enclosure details) prior to import; and
- Require wildlife exhibition facility licence holders to clearly demonstrate that they have proficient keepers for the species.