MSc Applied Ecology; Associate Researcher of CANPRODEM, Perú
Location: Asháninkas Communities, Central Perú, Tropical Andes Region
Research: Conservation of Amazon freshwater turtles in Asháninkas indigenous communities
Species/Topic: Podocnemis unifilis and other Amazon freshwater turtles
Abstract: Egg and meat consumption are one of the main reasons for the decline of Amazon freshwater turtles. Species that were once abundant, such as the yellow-spotted sideneck turtle (Podocnemis unifilis), are now classified as vulnerable species. This project proposes research on reproductive biology, diet and population aspects of Amazon turtles, as well as implementation of an environmental education program in the territory of two Asháninka indigenous communities in Central Perú. The results from this investigation will clarify natural history information of the species in the Tropical Andes region and it will help in future turtle conservation strategies within the indigenous communities.