|Town/Region||Talampaya National Park|
|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Date||20 Apr 2004|
No study has concurrently addressed the effects of human-induced and natural mortality in sympatric populations of guanacos and vicuñas in the Neotropics. This team will investigate the impact of these factors on an assemblage of these native vulnerable camelids. In areas with and without poaching, they will estimate camelids’ densities and conduct field necropsies on carcasses to determine cause of death. Predators’ scats will be analysed to determine the importance of these camelids in predators’ diets.
The group will provide the first available information on the main mortality factors affecting guanacos and vicuñas. Attempts to conserve Neotropical camelids will be successful only if data on the factors limiting their populations become available.
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