Journal Information
Vol. 15. Issue 4.
Pages 245-314 (October - December 2017)
Rewilding south american landscapes
Rewilding South American Landscapes
Challenges and opportunities for rewilding South American landscapes
Mauro Galetti, Meredith Root-Bernstein, Jens-Christian Svenning
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:245-7
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Essays and perspectives
A review of a multispecies reintroduction to restore a large ecosystem: The Iberá Rewilding Program (Argentina)
Talía Zamboni, Sebastián Di Martino, Ignacio Jiménez-Pérez
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:248-56

  • Populations of five species and a jaguar breeding program have been established.

  • High quality communication and learning from animals responses are lessons learned.

  • Importance of suitable habitat, long-term commitment and solid and flexible teams.

  • Iberá Rewilding Program represents a model for proactive conservation in the Americas.

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Rewilding ecological communities and rewiring ecological networks
Mathias Mistretta Pires
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:257-65

  • Rewilding envisages restoring ecosystem functions by counteracting defaunation.

  • Interactions affect the fate of introduced individuals and community responses.

  • Network models help predicting how an introduced species integrates the food web.

  • Networks can help predicting and monitoring community-level outcomes.

  • Feasibility and risk analyses of rewilding can benefit from a network approach.

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Policy forums
Community-based population recovery of overexploited Amazonian wildlife
João Vitor Campos-Silva, Carlos A. Peres, André P. Antunes, João Valsecchi, Juarez Pezzuti
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:266-70

  • Community-based conservation programs can be an effective tool to promote conservation.

  • Enforced hunting guidelines comprise a critical step in establishing conservation strategies.

  • Spatial zoning of harvest areas can become a window of opportunity to conserve iconic species.

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Research letters
Rewilding South America: Ten key questions
Meredith Root-Bernstein, Mauro Galetti, Richard J. Ladle
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:271-81

  • Rewilding is more than species (re-)introductions.

  • Rewilding also produces ecological restoration and social impacts.

  • South American projects can develop contextually appropriate rewilding approaches.

  • There are many opportunities to study and implement rewilding in South America.

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Prehistoric and historic baselines for trophic rewilding in the Neotropics
Jens-Christian Svenning, Søren Faurby
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:282-91

  • We provide megafauna base-lines for trophic rewilding in the Neotropics.

  • Historical (1500 CE) and Pleistocene-Holocene prehistoric baselines are estimated.

  • Estimated potential distributions indicate strong scope for trophic rewilding.

  • Up to >20 species missing in many regions and biomes under the prehistoric baseline.

  • Many areas have strongly reduced diversities for a range of functional subgroups.

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Restoring connectivity between fragmented woodlands in Chile with a reintroduced mobile link species
Meredith Root-Bernstein, Jens-Christian Svenning
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:292-9

  • Guanaco rewilding has been proposed as a way to contribute to restoration of woodlands in central Chile.

  • We examine the distribution of high and low quality espinal and sclerophyllous woodlands in central Chile, across ENSO conditions.

  • We find that least-cost paths for guanaco movement connect both high and low quality woodlands, and all woodland types, in each year.

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Rewilding defaunated Atlantic Forests with tortoises to restore lost seed dispersal functions
Thadeu Sobral-Souza, Laís Lautenschlager, Thais Queiroz Morcatty, Carolina Bello, Dennis Hansen, Mauro Galetti
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:300-7

  • We proposed the rewilding of tortoise to seed large seed dispersion.

  • We used local suitability and food availability to propose rewilding.

  • The proposed rewilding areas were compared with high defaunation intensity.

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Rewilding the Atlantic Forest: Restoring the fauna and ecological interactions of a protected area
Fernando A.S. Fernandez, Marcelo L. Rheingantz, Luísa Genes, Caio F. Kenup, Maron Galliez, Tomaz Cezimbra, Bruno Cid, Leandro Macedo, Bernardo B.A. Araujo, Bruno S. Moraes, Adrian Monjeau, Alexandra S. Pires
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:308-14

  • We described the first refaunation program in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.

  • Agoutis and howlers monkeys were reintroduced to restore seed dispersal.

  • We show evidence that refaunation is restoring ecological interactions.

  • Our experience shows that rewilding initiatives can be less costly than expected.

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Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation

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