Aug 232012
 

Biodiversity surveys led by SELVA in the Buritaca watershed have now been completed, revealing a highly diverse community of birds, mammals, butterflies and frogs, including both threatened and endemic species. SELVA in alliance with Jaime Cabrera from Panthera Colombia deployed camera traps for the first time in this study and the results have been excellent with images of Jaguar, Puma and Ocelot, alongside an array of other Neotropical mammals. Pumas, in particular, appear on several occasions at sites spread throughout the watershed. The surveys also detected 6 bird species endemic to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta but it was the frogs that took first place, with 7 endemic species being recorded of which 4 are threatened with extinction. Fortunately, threatened species like the Santa Marta Poison Arrow Frog and the Magdalena Giant Glass frog appear to have healthy populations in the watershed. For more information on this project click here.

 

Camera traps were deployed by Jaime Cabrera from Panthera Colombia through an agreement with SELVA, while this project was carried through an agreement with FIAAT.