Mauro Lucherini, Ph.D.
Organization: Universidad Nacional Del Sur, Argentina
Location: Los Alerces National Park, Chubut Province, Argentina
Research: The Kodkod (Oncifelis guigna) and the Patagonia mountain forest: linking two conservation priorities
Species/Topic: Kodkod (Oncifelis guigna)
Abstract: The main objective of this study is to access the feasibility of a common strategy for the conservation of the Kodkod (Oncifelis guigna) and the Patagonian mountain forest in Argentina by utilizing the cat as a "flagship" species for the conservation of this ecoregion. The project will carry out a detailed natural history study on the little-known Kodkod. With the assistance of local and international conservation NGOs and the national park agency, the information gained from this study will be disseminated through conservation education programs within the National park. The project will also provide training opportunities for a number of local student researchers.