FAUNA Paraguay Mammalogy
Designed by Paul Smith 2006. This website is copyrighted by law. Material contained herewith may not be used without the prior written permission of FAUNA Paraguay. Photographs on this web-site were taken by Paul Smith, Hemme Batjes, Regis Nossent, Lars Hansen and Huguito Cabral and are used with their permission.
Mammalogy is, rather obviously, the study of mammals of which 167 species have so far been recorded in Paraguay. However with mammals being such secretive animals, constant taxonomic revisions and with so few people involved in their study the real number of species found in Paraguayan territory is undoutedly much higher.
FAUNA Paraguay is dedicated to expanding the knowledge of mammalian distribution and biology in Paraguay. This involves the collecting of data on prints, scat and sight observations of larger species and the active trapping, describing and cataloguing of smaller species. We work closely with visiting mammalogists from foreign museums and universities in an effort to enhance our understanding of what is a difficult and often frustrating subject to study. Our aim is to produce a steady stream of publications on Paraguayan mammals to inspire interest and fill existing gaps in our knowledge.
If you are interested in helping out in mammal surveys and field work in Paraguay FAUNA Paraguay runs a series of volunteer schemes. Volunteer schemes can be adapted to suit volunteer interests, with posts available in community education for Spanish-speaking volunteers.
To assist with the building of our knowledge of Paraguayan mammalogy we welcome visitors to Paraguay to send in photographs, lists and observations of interest from their visits to Paraguay. Such material is integrated into the Guyra Paraguay Biodiversity Database, while photographs will be used in the construction of an image library of Paraguayan fauna. We are also available to help with any queries or identification problems that you may have encountered during your trip, though of course you will get more out of your visit if you have an expert guide!
Click here for links to other websites relevant to mammalogy in Paraguay.