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Brésil (2018)

Ecology and conservation of the northern tiger cat Leopardus tigrinus in Furna Feia National Park, Brazilian semiarid Caatinga

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Titre : Ecology and conservation of the northern tiger cat Leopardus tigrinus in Furna Feia National Park, Brazilian semiarid Caatinga

Pays : Brésil

Date attribution : 02-01-2018

Numéro projet : 172516360

Bénéficiaire : Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)

Contexte
The northern tiger cat (Leopardus tigrinus) is one of the most threatened and least known neotropical cats. According to the IUCN this species is classified as Vulnerable and included in the CITES’ Appendix I. The retaliatory killing of this cat due to depredation of poultry, roadkilling, and especially the fragmentation and habitat loss are its main threats. In Brazil, L. tigrinus occurs mainly outside protected areas of Caatinga drylands, one of the most degraded and less protected ecoregions in the country. For these reasons, L. tigrinus has the most critical status of all Brazilian wild cats and is categorized as an Endangered species (EN), according to the Brazil Red Book of Threatened Species of Fauna. Moreover, a recent publication suggests that L. tigrinus populations from northeastern Brazil are a different species (Leopardus emiliae). As the only Brazilian endemic cat, very little is known on its status and natural history. Similarly, because of its allusive behavior and low population densities, little is known about the Jaguarundi, Puma yagouaroundi (Vulnerable [Brazil], CITES’ Apendix I), especially in northeastern Brazil. Establishing these felids status in the few existing strictly protected areas of the Caatinga should be a priority for conservation strategies.

Présentation
This project aims to define population status, occurrence predictors, and human perceptions of the Vulnerable northern tiger cat and another sympatric felid (Puma yagouaroundi) in a National Park of the Caatinga drylands, generating subsidies for long-term population monitoring and positive human-cat relationship.

Financement : $9,532

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

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