M.S. Student, Cayetano Heredia University
Location: Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja Sonene National Park, Madre de Dios, Peru
Research: Setting a Baseline: Jaguar Density Estimates and Prey Relative Abundance Using Camera Traps in an Immediately Threatened Tropical Rainforest of Southern Peru
Species/Topic: Jaguar (Panthera onca)
Abstract: This project will generate baseline data of jaguar and large vertebrate populations along the Tambopata River, within the Greater Madidi Landscape (GML), the Tambopata National Reserve and the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. This information is urgently required for designing and implementing adequate wildlife and biological monitoring systems that will allow the detection of potential changes caused by the Inter-Oceanic-Highway that runs by these Protected Areas (PA). Camera-trap capture-recapture methodology will be used, taking advantage of individual variation in the jaguar's rosette patterns. This will also enable researchers to measure the abundance of large vertebrates, seizing the by-catch photographs. This information is of great use to the integrated and bi-national biological monitoring program in the region. The jaguar is one of the landscape species chosen for the GML and this study will fill-in information gaps currently needed for the bi-national and PA-specific management and research plans developed in conjunction with neighboring Bolivian PA.