Research Project - Jacj Cuisi

New updates from the research projects currently underway at Jacj Cuisi: The surveying is now almost complete, however due to staff absences, low numbers of volunteers, and frequent rains the team have been unable to retrieve the final rounds of camera trapping data or collect the final environmental variables required for a complete analysis. However there have been some very exciting discoveries since the last project update.

Firstly, giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) have finally been observed within the survey periods, meaning that with a few more observations the team will hopefully be able to conduct occupancy analysis to better understand whether the work conducted within the reserve impacts this currently endangered species. For the first time at either WCC Ambue Ari or WCC Jacj Cuisi, the team have observed giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus). This elusive species, currently classified as endangered by the IUCN, can grow up to lengths of 1.5m and may weigh as much as 30kg. While single observations are not sufficient for habitat analysis, the fact that another endangered species is able to reside within WCC Jacj Cuis highlights the continued importance of this CIWY refuge to wild species.

The team have observed another juvenile Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), currently classified as endangered by the IUCN. With at least two different juveniles observed within the first two sampling periods (able to be identified by the spots possessed by young tapir), early indications show that WCC Jacj Cuisi may be a valuable refuge for this charismatic species. Tapir are one of the focal species of the survey, and while the final round of data is still to be collected, preliminary habitat modelling has been conducted. Early results are concurrent with previous research, suggesting tapir to be positively affected by proximity to year round water bodies and negatively affected by proximity to roads. However, similar to a survey conducted within WCC Ambue Ari in late 2016, – where the team were analysing the effect of managed felids on wild meso-predators – early indications suggest that tapir occupancy within WCC Jacj Cuisi is negatively affected by the activity of CWIY’s managed pumas, with tapir approximately 4.2 times less likely to be detected within an area for each time a managed puma is detected. The team hope that analysis of the final round of data will enable a better understanding of this effect, so that management decisions can be implemented to mitigate this impact.


Mother and juvenile Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris) detected 140m away from managed male puma.Giant Armadillo

Giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) observed using a managed female puma trail.

Giant Anteater

Giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) detected 160m away from managed female puma trail.



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