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Colombia is a megadiverse country that has 492 species of mammals, the fourth in the world. Some of these species are threatened mainly by the destruction and transformation of their habitats.
For most of these species, aspects such as their biology, ecology, population status, distributional ranges, etc., are not known, making it difficult to implement conservation actions. In this way, by contributing to the knowledge of these aspects, it will be possible to propose, implement,  conservation actions. In this sense, the state of knowledge of the Erethizontidae family in Colombia is very low, with much synonymy, erroneous information, and in many cases confusing. This is due, in large part, to the continuing lack of clarity in both their taxonomy and their
distribution within the country.

This program is aimed at contributing to the knowledge of the Erethizontidae family, with emphasis on the Coendou genus present in the country, regarding the implementation, evaluation, and standardization of porcupine sampling methodologies, as well as research that allows determining the status of conservation of the species of this family.

Standardization of sampling methods for arboreal rodents

Standardization of sampling methods for arboreal rodents


© Claudia Durana

Conservation status of Porcupines in Colombia and the Santa Marta Tree Mouse


Project carried out with the Wildlife Research Unit of the University of Applied and Environmental Sciences (UDCA).


The results will contribute to obtaining detailed information about the state of conservation of the species under study and advancing future studies about the natural history of these rodent species threatened with extinction.

Mapas distribucion guagua loba
Atlas roedores IAvH
Local and regional distribution of the wolf guagua ( Dinomys branickii ) and the páramo jar ( Cuniculus taczanowskii )

Project carried out for the Wildlife Research Unit of the University of Applied and Environmental Sciences (UDCA)


The construction of an ecogeographic map, together with the results of habitat quality and the ecological niche, will be an important contribution to the knowledge of the Andean region's fauna, becoming an important tool for planning and executing future conservation plans for said species.

Talleres participativos
Talleres participativos
La guagua(Dinomys branickii), el bosque y nosotros

Desde la Sociedad Colombiana de Etnobiología  y Arasarí Conservación e Investigación consideramos que abrir espacios de diálogo y formación aportan a la generación de soluciones viables y sostenibles para la protección y conservación del bosque y la Guagua loba. Así, hemos adelantado procesos de sensibilización, formación y empoderamiento para formar líderes territoriales conscientes de su papel como tomadores de decisiones en el manejo adecuado de sus recursos #Soyguagualoba.

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