Conservation of the endemic dwarf carnivores of Cozumel Island, Mexico.
Cuaron, Alfredo D., Valenzuela-Galvan, David, Garcia-Vasco, Denise, Copa, María E., Bautista, Sandra, Mena, Horacio, Martinez-Godinez, Daniela, Gonzalez-Baca, Cristopher, Bojorquez-Tapia, Luis A., Barraza, Laura, de Grammont, Paloma C., Galindo-Maldonado, Francisco, Martinez-Morales, Miguel A., Vazquez-Dominguez, Ella, Andresen, Ellen, Benitez-Malvido, Julieta, Perez-Salicrup, Diego, McFadden, Katherine W. and Gompper, Matthew E. 2009, Conservation of the endemic dwarf carnivores of Cozumel Island, Mexico., Small Carnivore Conservation, vol. 41, pp. 15-21.
Cozumel Island, Mexico, harbours two endemic species of dwarf procyonids: the Pygmy Raccoon Procyon pygmaeus and the Dwarf Coati Nasua nelsoni. Both species are Critically Endangered, and are among the world’s most threatened Carnivora. Here we summarise the research we have been conducting on their ecology, evolution, genetics, and conservation. We also summarise the conservation initiatives we have been undertaking and promoting in order to advance the conservation of these unique species and their habitats. This effort illustrates the importance of an interdisciplinary approach in conservation science and action in maximising effectiveness. Nevertheless, the precarious status of the species make it imperative to continue and expand the work we have carried out in Cozumel to prevent two imminent global extinctions.
Field of Research
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective
960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
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