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dc.contributor.advisorMcLaren, Brian
dc.contributor.authorScott, David
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-05T20:01:38Z
dc.date.available2020-05-05T20:01:38Z
dc.date.created2020
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca:7070/handle/2453/4610
dc.description.abstractThe Chimborazo Faunal Production Reserve (CFPR) and the reintroduction of the vicuna (Vicugna vicugna) is a success story for species conservation in South America. While the vicuna was once thought to be headed for extinction, its surprising population increase has led to a stable and widespread population. Within the CFPR, vicuna numbers have grown at a fast rate, prompting managers to consider the total carrying capacity of the reserve. Determining the carrying capacity of vicuna within the CFPR requires consideration for a variety of variables, including ecosystem use, water availability and interactions with livestock. Preliminary findings by this study indicate that distance to livestock is a very important factor in the distribution and habitat selection of vicuna and that vicuna appear to prefer areas near livestock. Areas of preferred habitat were found to be those in the paramo grassland (herbazal de paramo) ecosystem, near livestock and with adequate water sources nearby. In order to fully understand the complex relationship between vicuna and livestock in the CFPR, further studies should be conducted over longer periods of time.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectVicuna (Vicugna vicugna)en_US
dc.subjectChimborazo Faunal Production Reserveen_US
dc.subjectCarrying capacityen_US
dc.subjectWildlife managementen_US
dc.subjectHabitat use and selection (Vicuna)en_US
dc.subjectEcuadorian vicunaen_US
dc.titleCarrying capacity of vicunas in the Chimborazo Faunal Production Reserve, Ecuadoren_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
etd.degree.nameHonours Bachelor of Environmental Managementen_US
etd.degree.levelBacheloren_US
etd.degree.disciplineNatural Resources Managementen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US


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