Regional conservation priorities for crocodylians in Bolivia

Andres Leonardo Rodriguez Cordero, Sergio A. Balaguera-Reina, Llewellyn Densmore

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Abstract

Crocodylians are top predators and ecological keystone species in wetland ecosystems. In Bolivia a total of five species occur, all of them members of the family Alligatoridae: Caiman yacare, C. latirostris, Melanosuchus niger, Paleosuchus palpebrosus, and P. trigonatus. Beginning in the mid-1800s, wild populations were reduced and threatened by unsustainable exploitation, commercial hunting, lack of wildlife law enforcement, and poor management strategies. Economic incentives that crocodylians can generate through management and sustainable use of wildlife (SUW) programs have become key elements for conservation of the species and their habitats. Nevertheless, these programs must be designed based on scientific solid strategies to guarantee efficiency and sustainability. Adapted from other species’ succesful conservation strategies, we present the first country-wide range assessment of the current state of knowledge and propose regional conservation priorities integrating distributio
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal for Nature Conservation
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StatePublished - Sep 2019

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