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Schank, Cody;Mendoza, Eduardo;Vettorazzi, M. J. García;Cove, Michael V.;Jordan, Christopher A.;O‘Farrill, Georgina;Meyer, Ninon;Lizcano, D. J.;Estrada, N.;Poot, C.;Others,
Integrating current range-wide occurrence data with species distribution models to map the potential distribution of Baird’s Tapir
The Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group
Journal Article
Identifying species distributions is fundamental to understanding their ecology and guiding conservation and management strategies. We compiled 756 unique range-wide Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) detections via camera trapping of track/sign surveys in eight countries. We then estimated the distribution of suitable tapir habitat within a Maxent-modeling framework. Though there are some clear areas of over- and under- predicted habitat, the resultant models allowed us to significantly update the potential distribution map of Baird’s tapir. We estimate that 39.4% of the available area is suitable for tapirs, but only 27.2% of that habitat occurs in protected areas. We discuss the areas that comprise suitable tapir habitat, and identify global and local threats in each country.