Study on the population status of the yacare (Caiman yacare) and the black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) in their natural distribution areas in Bolivia

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Bioamazon Newsletter, issu n. 14, brings a technical paper “Study on the population status of the yacare (Caiman yacare) and the black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) in their natural distribution areas in Bolivia”, a contibution of Jehan Ninon Rios Rios – Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Ecología FUND-ECO.

Abstract: Under the Regional Project for the Management, Monitoring and Control of Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Threatened by Trade (Bioamazon Project), the population status of the yacare (Caiman yacare) and the black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) was studied in their natural distribution areas, in Bolivia, during the dry seasons of years 2020 and 2021. This study was supervised by the Dirección General de Biodiversidad y Áreas Protegidas (Directorate of Biodivrsity and Protected Areas DGBAP) of the Vice Ministry of the Environment, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Forest Management and Development (VMABCCGDF). Population assessments were conducted, and yacare hunters and breeders were interviewed in different localities of La Paz and Santa Cruz. The information collected was analyzed and systematized with information provided by the DGBAP as results from assessments carried out in the preparation of alligator management plans to update the models for determining yacare harvest quotas at the national level. Likewise, priority sites were defined for the implementation of actions to strengthen the wild populations of black caiman.

Keywords: yacare, black caiman, commercial use, conservation, Bolivia.

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Published in the Bioamazon Newsletter, issue n. 14, March-April 2022.

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