Research: Darío Moreira-Arce
Abstract: The smallest population of Critically Endangered and endemic Darwin's fox is known to be within Nahuelbuta National Park (NNP). NNP is situated in a human-modified landscape inhabited by several threatened mammal species. Despite the critical status of this canid, there is no detailed information about its basic population ecology. Recent sightings on surrounding private lands of NNP suggest that Darwin's fox is not restricted to this protected area, opening the potential for study of these populations. We will estimate the population size of Darwin's fox on these new sites using noninvasive techniques (e.g. scat and hair samples). Also, we will conduct training sessions for park rangers on the use of these wildlife monitoring methods. Finally, we will develop a long-term monitoring program for these Darwin's fox populations which may be expanded for other threatened carnivores, and used by park rangers of public and private agencies.