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Our goal is to collect the ecological data needed by the Peruvian government to proactively manage the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary to protect spectacled bears and their habitat. While the presence of spectacled bears has been documented and monitored at Machu Picchu and the surrounding landscape since the 1980s, there is no current data available on the health, ecology, or threats to these bears.
Through this project, we will:
1) Undertake field research to understand the health, population trends, and habitat use of spectacled bears in and around the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, to identify the threats to bear survival that must be mitigated with urgent conservation action;