The conservation problem
The Andean foothill of Northern Chile, located between the Atacama desert and the Andean Highland Plateau, is a transition zone with characteristics from the high mountains and the arid desert. In spite of this is an unique ecosystem for Chile, its wildlife is highly threatened and unknown for people.
A clasic example of the problem is the taruka, a deer that mainly inhabits in agricultural areas and it is threatened by poaching, human-wildlife conflicts with local farmers, habitat fragmentation and competition with livestock.More information.
TARUKARI (in Aymara language, taruka: deer; ri: area) or "Where tarukas are found", is a NGO that wants to contribute to the wildlife conservation in the Andean foothill of Northern Chile through:
- Generating useful scientific information for conservation management
- Making local and international community aware about this problem