Ecology and Conservation of a Bush Dog Population in Brazil: A Monitoring and Educational Programme

Guilherme Braga Ferreira

Bush dog is a poorly known South American canid classified as Vulnerable by IUCN. One of the few sites known to still have the species in Brazil is a river valley that holds a great number of endangered species as well as archaeological and geological heritage in Cavernas do Peruaçu National Park. However, tourist activity is planned to take place in this valley and the effects of this activity on bush dogs and their preys is uncertain. We intend to develop a monitoring and educational programme for bush dogs through camera-trapping, track-surveying and community work in order to provide scientific data to park's manager rely upon when management actions need to be taken aiming bush dog conservation.