Fauna Australis Research and Conservation Projects in the Araucanía Region


Work in progress

Cavity nesting birds in the Andean temperate forests of Chile: reproductive ecology, limits and site selection. Tomás Altamirano, Fauna Australis. Summary

Health status of the endangered guigna (Leopardus guigna) in the Chilean temperate rainforest. Cristian Bonacic, Felipe Hernandez, Nico Gálvez, Jerry Laker. Fauna Australis/ Chicago Zoological Society. Summary

Wildlife of the temperate forest. Cristián Bonacic, Fauna Australis. Summary

Sympatric raptors from temperate forests of Chile and Canada: site-occupancy, nesting habitat preferences and reliability of cavity-nesting owls as indicators of biological diversity. José Tomás Ibarra. Fauna Australis/ University of British Colombia, Canadá. PhD study. Summary

Forecasting conservation needs for endangered fauna: integrating landscape ecology and ethnoecology to predict habitat quality for the kodkod cat (Leopardus guigna) in the Chilean temperate rainforest
Elke Schüttler. Marie Curie Fellowship. Helmholtz Institut, Leipzig. Alemania/ Fauna Australis, PUC. Summary

Diet and activity patterns of Leopardus guigna in relation to prey availability in forest fragments of the Chilean temperate rainforest. Stephania Galuppo. University of Florida/ Fauna Australis, PUC. Summary

Mitigating Puma-Human Conflict in Chile
Tucker Murphy. DPhil. Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Oxford University, UK. Details

Qualitative study of the kodkod´s human-environment context. Lisa Soehn, Technische Universität München. Summary

Pucon in Transition: tools for a culture of sustainability. Jerry Laker. Support for the Environmental Protection Fund project 2011, CONAMA (Managed by Pucon Environmental Council, Alvaro Godoy). Facebook group

Bird assemblages and morphology along a disturbance gradient in the Andean temperate rainforest of the Araucanía Region. Tomás Altamirano et al. Fauna Australis, PUC. Poster

Woodlands as a living classroom: On the path to discovery. Environmental education guided path, installed in Fauna Australis Araucania Field Station. Jerry Laker, Tomás Altamirano, Valentina Diaz Leyton. Fauna Australis/ PUC-Villarrica campus. Posters

Woodlands as a living classroom: The woodland room. Design and construction of an environmental education space. A place to conduct interactive classes in comfort, surrounded by trees. A peaceful and inspiring space for group participation in educational activities. Jerry Laker, Fauna Australis.

Live Andes (Beta): Virtual platform for sharing data on the distribution of endangered species. LACCIR project Cristian Bonacic. Fauna Australis/Microsoft. Poster


Completed studies


Natural history, occupancy and social perception of Leopardus guigna in a fragmented environment of temperate rainforest in the Andean zone of the Araucanía Region, Chile (39º15´S, 71º48´O). Felipe Hernández, PUC. Thesis

Priority Habitats for Carnivores Surrounding Protected Areas in Andean Temperate Forests of Chile. Nicolás Gálvez. University of Kent (DICE). Tesis.

An Analysis of Methodologies used to study Medium and Large Mammals in the Valdivian Temperate Rainforests of central-southern Chile. Vanessa Coldwell. Imperial College, London. Thesis

Bioacoustic methods: studies on the ecology of bat communities in the Mediterranean and temperate rainforest eco-regions of Chile. Gonzalo Ossa, Fauna Australis, PUC. Thesis Paper


Birds of the temperate Araucaria araucana forests of the south of Chile. Tomás Ibarra et. al. Paper

Relative abundance and habitat use by Austral pygmy owls (Glaucidium nanum) and Rufous-legged owls (Strix rufipes) in primary and managed forests of the Araucania Region. Tomás Ibarra et al., Fauna Australis, PUC.


Changes in landscape patterns: a case study in a pre-cordilleran valley of the IX Region of Chile. Robert Petipas, PUC. Thesis.

Patterns of variation in invasive species richness along a gradient of size, degradation, and altitude of remnant fragments of precordilleran forest in the IX Region of Chile. Isabel Rojas. Thesis


Population study orientated at the control of the invasive species Neovison vison (Schreber, 1777) in the south of Chile. Fauna Australis. Summary

Study of the distribution and estimated population of the invasive exotic species: wild boar and red deer in chile. Fauna Australis. Summary

Feral dogs in the temperate rainforests of the South of Chile: a threat for protected endemic wildlife. Anaïs Boutin. Insitut National Superieur des Sciences Agronomiques, de l'alimentacion et de l'environnement (AgroSUP), Dijon. France. Informe de Practica.


Travesía Silvestre (Journey through the Wild): Local conservation issues brought to life in a board game for schoolkids. Pablo Gutiérrez, Nicolás Gálvez, Felipe Hernández et al. PUC, Villarrica Campus/ Fauna Australis. News

Environmental Protection Fund, 2010: Discovering and valuing birds as sentinels of global change in the forests of the Araucania Region. Tomás Altamirano, Fauna Australis (Fundación San Cristobal).

Environmental Protection Fund, 2009: Lets meet our wildlife! a strategy to improve knowledge and value of our natural heritage. Nicolas Gálvez, Fauna Australis, PUC. Summary

Environmental Protection Fund, 2008: Connecting the biological and human dimensions for conservation of kodkod cats (Leopardus guigna): A strategy to inspire positive values towards wildlife in the rural community. Nicolás Gálvez, Felipe Hernández. Fauna Australis, PUC.

Participative video as a tool for studying ethnoecology and conservation in the south of Chile. Peter Damerell, Fauna Australis. Poster

The stigma of the thief: environmental education and the small wild cat, Leopardus guigna. Peter Damerell, Fauna Australis, PUC. Poster



Trapping a kodkod for research

Studies on kodkod

Felipe Hernández leaves bait in a Tomahawk trap. Monitoring kodkod gives us an insight into the elements of its habitat that it needs to survive and the treats to conservation that they may be facing.


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Study area (link to interactive map)
Our study area for the Darwin project