Juan Carlos Huaranca (2008)
Alumni Diploma Students
As an undergraduate student I collaborated in studies of populations of wild mammals in the amazon region in Bolivia, after graduating as a Biologist at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Cochabamba – Bolivia, I collaborated in conservation of Andean cat. Since 2006 as a member of Andean Cat Alliance, I began to develop projects that help increase the records of Andean cats in Bolivia. Between 2010 and 2015, I have carried out studies of the Andean cat populations in Bolivia, and an initiative to create a protected area for Andean Cat population. I am currently developing my PhD in Conservation and Management of Natural Resources at the Universidad de Los Lagos, Chile. My PhD thesis focuses on evaluating the effects of traditional llamas and alpacas husbandry on the Andean cat and Pampas cat populations in Bolivia.
I can say that the experience of living in an academic environment focused on the conservation of biodiversity and especially carnivores as a Pilot Diploma student in WILDCRU (2008), has opened my perspectives as a wildlife conservationist. It has allowed me to know and use practical tools that increase the impact of my research and conservation actions. My stay with WildCRU has been the driving force I needed to establish myself as a conservation biologist, especially of threatened carnivores.