The Count Branickii’s terrible mouse, the Chacoan fairy armadillo, and the more familiar jaguar are among 116 species of medium to large mammals whose distribution in Bolivia is documented in a new database put together by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
The database, which has been assembled over the past five years using a range of sources, includes 31,380 distributional records for mammals from Bolivia’s diversity of habitats, which range from lowland rainforests to dry Altiplano.
“The database synthesizes what is known about the distribution of some of Bolivia’s most charismatic wildlife,” said the study’s lead author Robert Wallace in a statement. “In order to adequately plan and achieve the conservation of biodiversity, one of the first and most important steps is of course to know where different species occur. Very few countries in Latin America, if any, have been able to synthesize existing knowledge about mammal distributions in this way. This initiative demonstrates the collaborative spirit of conservation scientists working in Bolivia today.”
The database has been published as a DVD.
This article was written for Mongabay.com and re-posted on Focusing on Wildlife.