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									         The Columbus Zoo Conservation Fund Application
The Columbus Zoo commitment towards conservation is reflected in a grant award
program overseen by the Conservation and Collection Management Committee (CCMC)
in which we support conservation/research projects both locally and globally. Funding can
be from several hundred to several thousand dollars. The following must be submitted in
order to be considered for allocation of conservation funds. In addition to this
questionnaire, a CV is required. Submission of more detailed articles and reports are
encouraged as well and can be attached to the following questionnaire.


Applicant’s name:     Geovanna Lasso González

Title: Bachelor in Biological Sciences

Applicant’s affiliation: Numashir Foundation

Internal Use Only
Applicant’s contact at the Columbus Zoo: No contact

Asking for Departmental Dollars?: please circle       yes      no


Phone #: 593)-(2)-2491052        E-Mail: geovalassso@yahoo.com ______________

Fax: (593)-(2)-2491052 _________________________________________


Title of project: Status and conservation of the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) in
Ecuador.

Geographic location: Ecuadorian rainforest

Start date: August 1st, 2005               End date: April 30, 2006

Amount being requested: $ 28.745,18

Description of project:

Project goals:

1. To determinate the presence and distribution of the Giant Otter in the Ecuadorian
Rainforest and to identify the principle threats for the species’ survival.

2. To establish a priority area where population census will be carried out with the
participation of local people.
3. To promote the participation of local people in the project and in the creation of an
environmental education program in a school, in order to develop environmental and
conservation awareness.


Methodology:


   -   Distribution survey: the methodology proposed in “Surveying and Monitoring
       Distribution and Population Trends of the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) –
       Guidelines for a standardization of Survey Methods” (Groenendik et al. en prep),
       will be used. We will investigate squares of 50 x 50 km along with quadrants of 25 x
       25 km. In each square, at least two quadrants will be surveyed, which will have the
       highest probability of encountering giant otters. In each quadrant one survey site
       (river/stream, lake, swamp) will be selected in the location predicted most likely to
       be inhabited by the species (personal observations). At each survey site one
       transect of 20 km (GPS measured distance) will be surveyed (distance to by tested
       for the standard methodology) using a boat, canoe or inflatable boat, according to
       the conditions at each site. In each survey site the shorelines will be scanned for
       indirect and direct giant otter signs. Each indirect and direct sign will be
       photographed and its geographic location will be registered. We will use forms to
       collect general and specific information (Annex 1). The surveys will be carried out
       during the period of low water levels and when rain is infrequent, in order to
       maximize the probabilities of encountering indirect and direct giant otter signs.
       During this phase, sessions of information-sharing and awareness-raising will be
       carried out in all local communities located near the “positives” sites (Giant Otters
       present). Informative pamphlets about the species will be used along with
       information on the project’s activities.

   -   Population Census: a priority area will be chosen based on the following criteria:
       presence of Giant Otter groups, presence of threats to the species, and
       accessibility to bodies of water. All bodies of water in the census area will be
       surveyed, looking for indirect registers “recently in use”, which will help us to find
       the group in question (Groenendijk et al. in prep.). We will use forms to collect
       general and specific information (Annex 2). In an encounter with a group, the giant
       otter’s throat marks will be recorder with a film camera in order to identify each
       individual in a group. The geographic location of Indirect registers “recently in use”
       and “not recently in use” will be registered for future monitoring.


Benefits to indigenous people:
During all the phases of this project, active participation of locals will be promoted.
Moreover, the importance of taking care of the ecosystem will be given high priority, both
for the otters and for themselves. The main goal is to create high levels of awareness
about the value of their environment’s wellbeing, which should promote the local interest
in new economic activities that could yield both economic as well as health benefits. It is
very important to closely work with local people, which is why a continuous presence of
the project in the communities’ activities is fundamental to get the best results possible.
This should motivate locals to take possession and interest in the important mission of
preserving the giant otter and ecosystem as a whole.
Description of educational component:

Environmental education in schools: This activity will be developed during the population
census phase. For its execution, a community will be strategically chosen (according to
their location, the possible diffusion role in the area and the activities that are carried out
within Giant Otter habitat) within the census area. The education materials and activities
will be developed with teachers and students of the school. An important point is to always
interact with the local children and develop their imagination, introducing activities like
puppet shows, theater, and creation of pamphlets which will be distributed in the
community. Similarly, a field trip will be organized so the local children can participate,
learn and understand why and how the project involves giant otters. The final goal of this
activity is to incorporate environmental education as a subject in the traditional curriculum
of this local school.

Budget: (Document annexed)

Other sources of financial or in-kind support: I don’t have other financial sources.

Name: _ ________Address:

Name: _ _____________Address:

Name: _ ______Address

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If on-going project, list results to date:

1.

2.

3.

Intent to publish? Where and when:

1. IUCN Otter Specialist Group Bulletin: July, 2006

2. The Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals (SOLAMAC): December, 2006

3.

If applicant is affiliated with a university, please enclose a copy of your institution
review results concerning your proposal. Also, where applicable, please enclose a
copy of your Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee’s (IACUC) policy.

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