Antonio de la Torre
Ph.D. student, Instituto de Ecología UNAM
Research: Design of corridors: a strategy to conserve the jaguar at the Mayan Forest Region
Abstract: One of the most important jaguar populations in Mexico is located in the Greater Lacandona Ecosystem, southern Chiapas, which is an important section of the Mayan Forest Region. In prior research we estimated a population size of jaguars at the Greater Lacandona Ecosystem, which ranges from 66 to 171 jaguars. However, this number alone hardly represents a viable population in the long-term. Our goal for the project proposed herein is to assess and secure the connectivity of this population of jaguars to the one in the Sierra del Lacandon National Park, Guatemala. The main aim of this project is through GPS radio-telemetry, identify the areas more frequently used by jaguars to prioritize the most suitable sites for future conservation efforts and increased linkage between the Greater Lacandona Ecosystem and the Sierra del Lacandon National Park. This in turn will be used to propose additional protected areas within the Greater Lacandona Ecosystem.