Daily Archives: March 11, 2019

Can jaguar tourism save Bolivia’s fast dwindling forests?

Mongabay has released a wonderful story about our biodiversity and wildlife peril … please use this link to read in full and admire those wonderful photos!

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/03/can-jaguar-tourism-save-bolivias-fast-dwindling-forests/

  • Few countries in the tropics have seen trees chopped down as quickly as Bolivia did between 2001 and 2017.
  • Within Bolivia, nearly two-thirds of that loss occurred in just a single state—Santa Cruz—as agribusiness activity, namely cattle ranching and soy farming, ramped up.
  • This loss has greatly reduced the extent of habitat for some of Bolivia’s best known species, including the largest land predator in the Americas, the jaguar. On top of habitat loss, jaguars in Santa Cruz are both persecuted by landowners who see them as a danger to livestock, and targeted in a lucrative new trade in their parts, including teeth and bones.
  • Duston Larsen, the owner of San Miguelito Ranch, is working to reverse that trend by upending the perception that jaguars necessarily need be the enemy of ranchers.

Few countries in the tropics have seen their trees chopped down as quickly as Bolivia did between 2001 and 2017. According to data from the University of Maryland and World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch, Bolivia lost 45,000 square kilometers (17,400 square miles) of tree cover, or 7 percent of its total forest cover, since the turn of the century. That represents an area larger than the state of Ohio.

Within Bolivia, nearly two-thirds of that loss occurred in just a single state — Santa Cruz — as agribusiness activity, namely cattle ranching and soy farming, ramped up. As is the case in neighboring Brazil, soy and cattle are now big business in Bolivia. And in fact, Brazilians, as well as people of European and North American descent, are big players in Bolivia’s soy and cattle industries.

[To continue reading and admiring Bolivia’s wildlife, go to the link above, thank you!]