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Creation of Cerro Negro “Mountain Tapir” Sanctuary,
Piura & Cajamarca states, Peru
By Craig C. Downer, Andean Tapir Fund, P.O. Box 456,
Minden, NV 89423 USA (2/26/06)
A nature sanctuary in NW Peru’s Cordillera de Las Lagunillas would be created in an area of vital importance to Peru’s remaining endangered mountain tapir. This sanctuary would link occupied mountain tapir habitat in Peru’s existing Tabaconas-
The following steps would be taken to achieve this goal:
Professional preparation of a map delineating the precise boundaries of the new sanctuary based on existing montane forest and paramo habitat and documenting present distribution of the mountain tapir, habitat contiguity, land ownership and usage and political jurisdiction. This map would include several overlays, including for mountain tapir presence, vegetation type, and land tenancy.
The preparation of descriptive lists of species found in the proposed sanctuary and to include mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, invertebrates, plants and fungi. These lists would indicate known endemic/rare/endangered/threatened/near-
The preparation of a thorough-
The professional presentation of this proposal will be made to all appropriate government agencies from the municipal and provincial to the departmental to the national levels and in coordination with all relevant natural resource agencies, such as Peru’s national INRENA, and to conservation organizations, such as WWF-
Contingent upon the sanctuary’s legal creation, the Andean Tapir Fund would actively pursue the sanctuary’s implementation through budgetary allocations, public education, the promotion of alternative lifestyles, active in-
Prior Accomplishments and Funding
Approximately $80,000 in direct and in-
Funding Sought: Support is now urgently needed to bring this project to full fruition. For this reason, the Andean Tapir Fund is requesting the following in reference to items 1-