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Conservation of the endemic dwarf carnivores of Cozumel Island, Mexico.

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posted on 2009-08-01, 00:00 authored by A Cuaron, D Valenzuela-Galvan, D Garcia-Vasco, M Copa, S Bautista, H Mena, D Martinez-Godinez, C Gonzalez-Baca, L Bojorquez-Tapia, Laura Barraza, P de Grammont, F Galindo-Maldonado, M Martinez-Morales, E Vazquez-Dominguez, E Andresen, J Benitez-Malvido, D Perez-Salicrup, K McFadden, M Gompper
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.

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Journal

Small Carnivore Conservation

Volume

41

Pagination

15 - 21

Location

Gland , Switzerland

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1019-5041

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

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