Diego Lizcano, Ph.D
Organization: Universidad de Pamplona, Colombia
Location: Los Nevados National Park, Central Andes of Colombia
Research: Ecology and Conservation of Mountain Tapirs in the Central Andes of Colombia
Species/Topic: Mountain tapir (Tapirus pinchaque)
Abstract: The mountain tapir (Tapirus pinchaque), is the most endangered large mammal in South America. This project is being carried out in Los Nevados National Park, in the Central Andes of Colombia. The most important results of this project will be a better understanding of mountain tapir habitat requirements, providing practical information to develop and implement a cattle ranching and conflict avoidance plan. The mountain tapir's habitat requirements and movements are being studied using GPS telemetry collars. The telemetry data will provide the necessary pieces of information for the development of the cattle management plan. Specific outcomes will be the development of a cattle management plan for Los Nevados National Park and its buffer zones; based on detailed knowledge of tapir habitat requirements, home range and, movements, in the central Andes of Colombia; and on a geographical information system (GIS) including information about protected areas, cattle ranching, surrounding human settlements.