Large Mammals of the Cayambe Coca National Park, Ecuador

  • Focal species: Andean bear, mountain tapir, puma
  • Secondary species: Leopardus tigrinus, Pudu mephistophiles, Puma concolor
  • Countries: Ecuador
  • Name of organisation: Andean Bear Foundation
  • Support requested:
    contributions for specific items >1000 euro
  • Does this project benefit local people through employment and/or capacity building: yes
  • Does this project benefit local people in other ways: The compensation program sometimes needs to buy vitamins, medicines, vaccines and medical supplies for livestock and dogs from the Oyacachi community.
  • This project concept is endorsed by:
    • the EAZA TAG relevant to the primary taxon

Project Description

The Large Mammals Project in the Cayambe Coca National Park, is studying the largest mammals of the Andes of South America, Andean Bear, Mountain Tapir and Puma. Since 2010 we have deployed Iridium / GPS collars to 5 Andean bears and 10 mountain tapirs. Some scientific articles on the ecology and biology of these species have already been published. Three years ago we received the request for help from the Oyacachi indigenous community, which since 2000 is suffering the loss of its cattle due to the predation by bears and pumas.
To reduce the conflict, we have created a small compensation program through a mutual agreement signed with the Oyacachi community, they are committed to respect and protect the life of the problem carnivores, especially bears, in exchange for our project returning calves to change of predated cows, training of the community´s young people on environmental issues, review and veterinary medication of their livestock, these points we have more or less covered with donations coming from Ecuadorian people.
Our project now seeks through the research is to capture one or two predatory bears to deploy on them satellite collars and study their movements, so we can create a predict model about bear predation, never before conceived in the region, which will be delivered to the community and to the environmental authorities, so we think we will reduce the human-bear conflict and achieve a peaceful coexistence.

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