Conservation of threatened species

PROMETA works on conservation initiatives for 4 threatened species in three Biogeographic regions of Bolivia; the Andean Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) and the Vicuña (Vicugna vicugna) in the Altiplano, the Chancho Quimilero (Catagonus wagneri) in the Chaco and the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) in the Bolivian Tucumana jungle (Subandino).

Through studies, the presence of these species and an approximation of their conservation status based on the official information of the Red Book of Vertebrate Wildlife of Bolivia. At the same time, technical studies are being carried out for the declaration of three municipal protected areas; two in the department of Potosí and one in the department of Tarija; also, in the region of Chaco Seco, the Natural Reserve “El Corbalán” is working on the declaration of a Peace Park between Bolivia and Paraguay in the territory where the Chaco War was fought in the 1930s.

In the past two years, the work of researcher Ximena Velez, within the framework of the work carried out jointly between the Chester Zoo and PROMETA, won the 2017 Whitley Prize.