Conserving the critically endangered Darwin's fox on Chiloé Island, Chile
Dr Stephan Funk
IoZ - Institute of Zoology
Host Country Institutions:
IoZ - Institute of Zoology, Bosque Modelo Chiloe, Communidad Ahuenco
To assist Chile with the conservation of its biological diversity with the initial focus on conservation of one critically endangered species, the Darwin’s Fox
1. Determination of Darwin’s fox abundance and distribution and assessment of conservation threats by feral dogs
2. Establishment of a high quality long-term mammal monitoring program using ecological and epidemiological methodology, and non-invasive population genetic techniques that will be applicable to biodiversity monitoring on Chiloé Island and across Chile.
3. Establishment of a university teaching programme in conservation science through which candidates for further training can be identified, and through which increased national awareness of conservation issues can be raised.
4. Raising awareness of conservation managers and owners of domestic animals for conservation threats by domestic animals
5. Constituency in support of Darwin’s fox conservation developed on Chile and Internationally
6. Field and laboratory facilities established and equipped where necessary