Cats at the End of the World: Enhancing the Knowledge of the Smallest Felid of America, the Enigmatic Kodkod in Los Alerces National Park

15 Jun 2021 Los Alerces National Park, Argentina, Central and Latin America Carnivores | Habitats | Mammals

Mauro Ignacio Schiaffini

The kodkod is an endemic felid from southern Argentina and Chile, categorized as Vulnerable by IUCN since 1996. It’s an elusive species inhabiting mainly Patagonian Forests, spreading south in Argentina into Los Alerces National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Río Alerces. One of the possible location that we’ll include in our study. © M. Schiaffini.

Río Alerces. One of the possible location that we’ll include in our study. © M. Schiaffini.

We aim to use camera traps to study its spatio/temporal ecology, semi-structured interviews to analyze settlers’ perception to the felid, and to develop a new conservation tool: a graphic novel for kids and young adults, combining scientist and non-scientist knowledge. We aim to remark the ecological importance and threatened status of the kodkod, and to include new generations in conservation efforts.

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