Colombian weasel project 1993

Dave Fawcett

The Colombian Weasel (Mustela felepei) has only recently been discovered and has never been studied in the wild. Two British and three Colombians are hoping to instigate a detailed study of a Colombian Weasel population, its habitat and the effects of human activity on them.

Project update: 25/3/98. The team were the first to study the recently discovered Colombian Weasel in the wild. The project led on to a research project on another species of weasel by a local student and an environment education poster about cloudforest mammals was initiated by the leader and IUCN specialist group. It will be distributed in Colombia and possibly Ecuador to raise awareness and generate feedback from wardens and communities on the rarer species (D. Fawcett in litt. 1998).