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Conservation value of forest fragments for medium-sized carnivores in a silvopastoral system in Colombia

  • Alexandra Pineda-Guerrero , José F. González-Maya EMAIL logo and Jairo Pérez-Torres
From the journal Mammalia


Silvopastoral cattle ranching is seen as a viable land use management system, which unlike traditional land use systems preserve forested areas and prevent loss of important habitats for carnivores. We evaluated carnivore abundance and habitat use in a 50-year silvopastoral system located in the Cordoba department, Caribbean region of Colombia. Transects and track plots were established both in forest fragments and pastures within the silvopastoral system and were sampled for carnivore signs. Crab-eating raccoon, Crab-eating fox, and Gray fox were the most abundant species and showed higher preference for forest than pastures. Our results reflect the importance of forest cover within livestock systems and highlight the potential of these land use systems for carnivore and tropical dry forest conservation in fragmented landscapes.

Corresponding author: José F. González-Maya, The Sierra to Sea Institute/ProCAT Colombia, Calle 127 # 45-76, Bogotá, Colombia; and Laboratorio de Ecología y Conservación de Fauna Silvestre, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, e-mail:


We would like to thank E. Payán, T. Boorsma, and I. Vela-Vargas for reviewing the project and manuscript in its early stages. This project was partially funded by R. Escobar and P. Betancourt from the Hacienda Betancí-Guacamayas and the Functional Ecology Laboratory (Universidad Javeriana). Thanks to A. Mejia, S. Gómez, G. Jimenez, and J. Ballesteros, for their support and help during the field stage.


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Received: 2013-3-25
Accepted: 2014-4-15
Published Online: 2014-5-9
Published in Print: 2015-2-1

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