El Proyecto Vida Silvestre hace seguimiento a ejemplares liberados recientemente en el Parque Nacional Natural el Tuparro.
Es el único parque nacional de la altillanura colombiana, y zona núcleo de la Reserva de la Biósfera.
Históricamente ha ocupado zonas bajas del Valle del Cauca y del Patía. La pérdida de su hábitat y la cacería, han reducido drásticamente su distribución.
En WCS Colombia h
acemos ciencia, conservación y educación para contribuir con la protección de los ecosistemas y su fauna silvestre.
On August 28th the final reports of the project "Design and implementation of the monitoring program of Tuparro National Park as a core area of the Biosphere Reserve" were ready. This is the first monitoring program formulated for a nationally protected area, under the framework of adaptive management.
For two years and three months, researchers from the WCS Colombia program, the Institute for Scientific Research Alexander von Humboldt (IAvH) and the Red de Reserva de la Sociedad Civil (Resnatur), worked on the design of the monitoring framework and implementation hereof. Everybody was included, from the team of officials of Tuparro National Park, to the directors of Territorial Orinoquía and the subdirectors of management of the Colombian National Parks authorities.
In this protected area, located between the departments of Quindío and Risaralda, a study was conducted in which 67 bee species of the 604 registered in Colombia were found. Forests, pastures, crops and housing are among the places where these insects were found.
The information of the discussed study was obtained between May 2014 and September 2015. As part of this, we present the brochure Bees in Barbas-Bremen, which had the support of the University of Freiburg (Germany), Colciencias, the Rufford Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society, the ICESI University and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute.
Exploring the swamps of the municipality of Montecristo (southern Bolívar, northern limit of the Serranía de San Lucas), a group of researchers found, through direct observations and testimonies of locals, the presence of several species of wildlife that currently face some level of threat.
This was the case for, among others, the River turtle (Podocnemis lewyana), the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), the jaguar (Panthera onca), the endemic freshwater fish (Prochilodus magdalenae), the Neotropical catfish (Pseudoplatystoma magdaleniatum) and the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus).
There is no doubt that the presence of these and other species in the wetlands of southern Bolívar, highlights the ecological value of the region, and fully justifies all conservation efforts that have been made to protect both aquatic and terrestrial wildlife that exists here.
Following Crocodylus intermedius specimens who were recently released in the Tuparro National Park
Through monitoring and tracking, 8 individuals were located in the vicinity of the Tomo River (Vichada); this work has seen great progress due to radio transmitters that were installed in 12 of the 21 reintroduced alligators last May.
These tracking routes are being conducted by researchers from the Casanare Palmarito Foundation, the organization that leads the protection of this species in the Eastern Plains (Llanos Orientales) of Colombia. It forms part of Project Wildlife (Proyecto Vida Silvestre), which is a conservation initiative led by WCS Colombia and Ecopetrol, with the support of the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation.
For the implementation of Agreement 073 of 2014, signed by the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Valle del Cauca (CVC) and WCS for the promotion and registration of 20 privately owned nature reserves (in the municipalities of Restrepo and La Cumbre in the Cauca Valley), a participatory workshop was held in relation to the selection and qualification of objectives and targets.
Finally, all the collected information served as the main input for the first drafts of action plans to be implemented in each property. These were structured by the components of conservation, sustainable production and community empowerment.
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