Monitoring Ocelots in Trinidad

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Monitoring Ocelots in Trinidad

Ocelots face a number of threats in Trinidad, including illegal hunting and habitat fragmentation. Help researchers to investigate these animals so as to better protect them.

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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

This is the first major study of ocelots on the island of Trinidad. The results will be used to support its long-term conservation.

By evaluating threats to ocelots in Trinidad, researchers can work with local communities to protect these animals.

Tracking ocelots in trinidad

Camera traps are used to collect critical information on ocelot presence.

Expanding agriculture and oil and gas exploration in Trinidad are putting pressure on the island’s natural resources – pressure that may impact the habitat and long-term survival of the charismatic ocelot, Trinidad’s top predator. Information about ocelots on the island is extremely limited, although anecdotal evidence (such as photographs collected through camera traps) suggests there is a relatively small population. Although ocelots are not considered to be threatened globally, the situation in Trinidad may be quite different given the unique ecological context.

This study is expected to be one of the largest terrestrial wildlife conservation studies on the island. Researchers will not only be measuring the population size and activity of ocelots in Trinidad, they will also assess whether they can serve as an indicator of environmental health. For example, how do different types of land uses impact the presence of ocelots? Is their presence associated with greater forest cover, relatively higher plant and animal species diversity, and higher ecosystem productivity? Finally, by tracking down and analyzing ocelot scat samples, researchers will finally begin learn about the ocelot’s diet on the island, and how it might differ from elsewhere across its range.

Discover the link between ocelots, their use of forest and other habitats, and healthy ecosystems. Help researchers to work with local communities and policy makers to protect this important species.

About the research area

Multiple locations in Trinidad’s Forest and Agriculture Lands, Trinidad and Tobago, Central America & The Caribbean

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The Scientists


Anthony J.
Founder and Executive Director, S.P.E.C.I.E.S.

ABOUT Anthony J. Giordano

Dr. Anthony J. Giordano is among the first researchers to investigate the population and status of ocelots in Trinidad. He aims to increase awareness of this species in order to protect them from conflict with people, and use them as conservation planning tools for Trinidad’s landscapes.



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