Published on November 20, 2007
Otter Tails and Jaguar Trails:Behavioral Research in Brazil with Pantanal StudiesSummer 2007: Otter Tails and Jaguar Trails: Behavioral Research in Brazil with Pantanal Studies Summer 2007 Project Leader: Kika Tarsi: Ecological Research Experience: Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary Channel Island Fox SSP with St. Louis Zoo Project Leader: Kika Tarsi Tropical Nature: Tropical Nature Combines non-profit and for-profit ecotourism operations Lodges based in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia , and the Caribbean Consulting firm that works with rainforest and ecotourism organizations and government tourism ministries Lowland gorillas in Gabon For more info, check out their website: www.tropicalnature.org Last Summer: Last Summer Otter Groupies: Initiated research on otter family at site Developed identification charts Gave otter lectures Guided boat tours Goals: Goals Extension of that research: Locating dens Monitoring family Identification Initiating novel research in area Herp trapping Avian studies Behavioral data Sustainable development The Pantanal: The Pantanal Largest wetland in the Neotropics UNESCO World Heritage Site Floodplain of the Rio Paraguay expands across Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, etc. Higher elevations: Scrub savannas and gallery forests Lower elevations: mosaic of flooded grasslands with meandering channels and extensive water networks Biodiversity: Biodiversity Menagerie of endemic spp: 400 plant 500 butterfly 400 fish 30 frog 80 reptile 650 bird 75 mammal Most diverse floating aquatic plant communities in the world (WWF) Fazenda Santa Tereza: Fazenda Santa Tereza Recently purchased by Tropical Nature Limited Internet access Double-rooms w/private showers Kitchen and lounge area Along Pixaim River Boat Access Base to launch research Research Tools:: Research Tools: Biodiversity and Behavioral Assessments Species Inventory Behavioral Observation Energy budgets Std. Sampling methods Live Traps Drift Fence/pitfall traps Mark-recapture strategies Behavioral Focus:: Behavioral Focus: Giant Otters Group interactions Feeding Dominance Foraging Reproductive success Transient populations Identification and Sexing of individuals Behavioral Focus:: Behavioral Focus: Jaguars Assisting local researchers Tracking Radio-collared Individuals GPS Behavioral monitoring Ecological Applications: Species inventory Biodiversity Survey Behavioral comparisons Reproductive Success? Transient populations? Energy allocation? Sustainable development? Tourism impacts? Necessary precautions? Ecotourism potential? Ecological Applications Slide13: “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey” --John Hope Franklin Logistics: Logistics Program Dates: July 8–21, 2007 Program Fees: 2,500 USD Includes all food, lodging, and ground travel Application Materials: Online Application resume 500-word Letter of Interest Application Deadline: March 15, 2007 For more info: http://www.seaandgreen.com/pantanal Any Questions?: Any Questions?