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Using Clay Lick Occupancy to Evaluate Reserve Design in Tambopata 2009

The investigator estimated the number of white-lipped peccaries, collared peccaries, lowland tapirs and red brocket deer living on a nature preserve and in the surrounding buffer areas in Peru to determine how habitat management impacted the distribution of these species.

Collared peccaries and red brocket deer were determined to have higher occurrences in the nature preserve and buffer areas than in the native community, where they are often harvested as food, but no difference was observed between the nature preserve and the buffer areas.

The investigator concluded that a passive style of protection might be adequate for the preservation of these species because no difference was observed between the actively protected nature preserve and the passively protected buffer areas.

The investigator also cautioned that more active preservation areas would likely be required in the future as the Amazon rainforest continues to be developed.

Using Clay Lick Occupancy to Evaluate Reserve Design in Tambopata 2009

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