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Ecology of the puma in El Espinal: Analysis of the effects of habitat fragmentation and mitigation of conflicts with ranching

  • M. de las Mercedes Guerisoli

  • 2013

The advance of human activities is the primary cause of natural habitat destruction and fragmentation, which represent the largest threat to wildlife, in particular mammalian carnivores such as the puma. This alteration of the environment can cause contraction of the spatial distribution of animals, with local extinctions and a consequent decline of global populations. This process is currently happening in… Read Project SummaryEcology of the puma in El Espinal: Analysis of the effects of habitat fragmentation and mitigation of conflicts with ranching

Estimating effects of eradication of European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) on native and endemic plant communities, and on breeding density of Peruvian diving-petrels on Choros Island, Coquimbo, Chile

  • C. Fernández Zamora

  • 2013

The Peruvian diving-petrel Pelecanoides garnotii (endangered) was once very common on the coastal islands off Peru and Chile. However, the extraction of guano and introduction of species on islands has decreased its populations throughout its former range. Today, the largest population of diving-petrels in Chile is located on Choros Island, which is also characterized by a high diversity of native… Read Project SummaryEstimating effects of eradication of European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) on native and endemic plant communities, and on breeding density of Peruvian diving-petrels on Choros Island, Coquimbo, Chile

The where and the why of the biodiversity of Iberá: Monitoring macrovertebrates of the second largest wetland in South America

The Iberá wetlands of Argentina are the second largest wetlands in South America (1.3 million hectares) and are a heterogeneous landscape and home to a rich diversity of large vertebrates. They are protected by the Provincial Iberá Reserve, slated to be a national park, but urgently in need of planning and management tools. This project will study the interactions between… Read Project SummaryThe where and the why of the biodiversity of Iberá: Monitoring macrovertebrates of the second largest wetland in South America

Using locally-managed scientific research to understand the activity patterns, home range size, and habitat use of the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) on the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea

The Woodland Park Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Project (TKCP) has been collaborating with communities on Papua New Guinea’s Huon Peninsula since 1996. TKCP reached an important milestone in 2009 when the national government officially designated landowner-pledged plots as the Yopno-Uruwa-Som Conservation Area (YUS CA), the highest-available level of protection in PNG. With official approval achieved, TKCP and local communities are… Read Project SummaryUsing locally-managed scientific research to understand the activity patterns, home range size, and habitat use of the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) on the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea

Dispersion and frequency of incubation turns in Torrent duck (Merganetta armata armata) pairs in Northwestern Patagonia, Argentina

This project studies the dispersive capacity and aspects of population dynamics of the Torrent duck, a threatened species. The specific objectives include: Determine the dispersive capacity, the incubation switching rate between mates and, long term, the longevity and population genetics of the Torrent duck, along mountainous rapids in northeastern Patagonia, Argentina. Individually identify breeding pairs, as well as floaters (individuals… Read Project SummaryDispersion and frequency of incubation turns in Torrent duck (Merganetta armata armata) pairs in Northwestern Patagonia, Argentina

Inventory and conservation of the vertebrate fauna of Paraje Tres Cerros (Corrientes, Argentina): Implications for creating a protected area and its integration with local populations

This project is a continuation of a previous CREOi award to assess natural resources in the Paraje Tres Cerros region. Our results will provide information on new biological attributes necessary to advance the justification and scientific resolve to create a conservation area at this site. We will generate a baseline of information for a conservation policy that, sooner or later,… Read Project SummaryInventory and conservation of the vertebrate fauna of Paraje Tres Cerros (Corrientes, Argentina): Implications for creating a protected area and its integration with local populations

The energetics of survival: Feeding competition among the fruit-eating monkeys of Kibale National Park, Uganda

This project uses a novel technique to investigate the effect of interspecific feeding competition on primate population growth; the lessons learned from this study will improve primate population assessments worldwide. Specific objectives include: Determining whether interspecific feeding competition is the primary constraint on the growth of the blue monkey population at the Ngogo research station in Kibale National Park, Uganda;… Read Project SummaryThe energetics of survival: Feeding competition among the fruit-eating monkeys of Kibale National Park, Uganda

The importance of natural grasslands and social perception for the conservation of wild guanacos on public and private lands: An exercise in participatory research

In grazing areas, guanacos are seen as competitors with livestock for forage. Many factors can affect the presence and habitat use of guanacos in Northern Patagonia: some pressures are environmental (e.g., forage supply, water) and others are human (e.g., hunting, disturbance, fencing). The goal of this project is to develop a participatory research model with rural elementary schools from communities… Read Project SummaryThe importance of natural grasslands and social perception for the conservation of wild guanacos on public and private lands: An exercise in participatory research

Conservation of amphibians in agroecosystems of the Argentine Pampean region

As a foundation for amphibian conservation actions in the Pampean region of Argentina, we propose to widen surveys of amphibian assemblages that inhabit agroecosystems beyond those conducted in 2009 to include extensive coverage of Buenos Aires Province, engaging agricultural workers from rural towns through an outreach and extension program. We propose the following specific objectives: 1. Survey and characterize amphibian… Read Project SummaryConservation of amphibians in agroecosystems of the Argentine Pampean region

Ecology and population status of wild cats in Caldén Forest: Implications for conservation and management

  • J.I. Zanón Martínez

  • 2012

Puma populations of Argentina, and in particular those of La Pampa Province, are not immune to the conservation threats affecting the species worldwide. Along with loss and modification of habitat within the Caldén Forest region, puma populations have been affected by both sport hunting and management culling. In 2007, amid suspicions of illegal trade and movement of cats from rural… Read Project SummaryEcology and population status of wild cats in Caldén Forest: Implications for conservation and management