Rare Cuban animals book

This video from the USA is called NATURE | Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean.

From BirdLife:

Vertebrates get the Red List treatment in Cuba

Tue, Mar 6, 2012

The Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática has just published the first ever Red Data Book for Cuban terrestrial vertebrates. The book provides a detailed baseline on the conservation status for 165 species of freshwater fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

The book’s editors Hiram González Alonso, Lourdes Rodriguez Schettino, Ariel Rodriguez, Carlos A. Mancina and Ignacio Ramos worked with almost 70 specialists from 17 Cuban institutions to compile data sheets for each threatened species. Each species profile comprises details on taxonomy, names, images of the species and their habitats, natural history, distribution maps, level of protection, category of threat (following the IUCN Red List criteria) and its justification, and actions required to conserve the species.

The book focuses attention on the species at greatest risk of extinction in Cuba and will prove to be an invaluable tool for promoting their conservation. In particular, the book highlights the plight of Cuba’s reptiles with 87 species considered threatened – 34 of which are considered Critically Endangered. Many of these reptiles had not previously been evaluated for global IUCN Red Listing, so this nationally-led analysis has filled a significant gap in our knowledge of Cuban conservation priorities.

Information in the book will have practical application within the National System of Protected Areas in Cuba (which is administered by the Centro Nacional de Áreas Protegidas – BirdLife in Cuba).

Senior editor Hiram González said that “it will be used by protected area managers to update management plans, and by decision-makers for the development of cost-effective conservation strategies. In this way, we hope that the book will have a significant impact on the survival prospects of Cuba’s most threatened species”.

Natural mixing of species: novel plant–animal communities on Caribbean Islands: here.

Last month, I had the opportunity to bird and photograph on St. John in the US Virgin Islands: here.

6 thoughts on “Rare Cuban animals book

    • Thanks for reacting.

      Indeed. For developing unique island species, Cuba has the “disadvantage” of being rather close to the North American continent (not so far away as, eg, the Galapagos islands from the South Ameican continent). And the advantage of being rather big and varied because of mountains etc.


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