Mapping Biodiversity in Cuba

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Mapping Biodiversity in Cuba

Join scientists on the largest island in the Caribbean to conduct an assessment of its diverse array of bird and amphibian species.

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The facts

Why the research is important

Why the research is important

This study could help to establish local and national guidelines to conserve and protect biodiversity in Cuba during a time of increasing economic development.

Researchers and wildlife managers hope to gain a better understanding of the status of wildlife within protected areas in Cuba to better conserve these species.

In Cuba’s Lomas de Banao Ecological Reserve and Tunas de Zaza Wildlife Refuge—biodiversity hotspotsresearchers are studying the types of species that live within this protected habitat, as well as their population size. By establishing a baseline understanding of the wildlife that inhabit the reserve, over time, researchers hope to monitor the long-term impacts of human influence as tourism and development increases.

The findings from this project will greatly contribute to managing protected areas and helping to conserve Cuba’s biodiversity.

By interacting with local communities, this project will incorporate the perspectives of community members in the best ways in which to manage protected areas in Central Cuba. Community outreach and engagement will help to strengthen local participation in management and protection of both Lomas de Banao Ecological Reserve and Tunas de Zaza Wildlife Refuge, and could ultimately help to reduce wildlife poaching and deforestation within the reserves.

The findings from this project will greatly contribute to managing these protected areas and helping to conserve Cuba’s biodiversity at time when development and threats to wildlife are on the rise.

About the research area

Lomas de Banao Ecological Reserve, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, Central America & The Caribbean

Daily life in the field


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The Scientists


Natalia A.
Cuba Country Manager, Mesoamerica and Western Caribbean Program, Wildlife Conservation Society

ABOUT Natalia A. Rossi

Dr. Natalia Rossi is the Cuba Country Manager of the Mesoamerica and Western Caribbean Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society. With Cuba’s wildlife and wild places at a critical crossroads, Natalia leads the development of WCS Cuba program to help strengthen Cuba’s protected areas management and sustainable fisheries.


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