Conservation Education Courses
In 2003 and 2004, Fundación ECO organized the “Primate Conservation Biology in Latin America” courses.
The objective of these courses was to offer field experience in primate conservation biology. Participants received training in demographic, behavioral and ecological data collection; in the use of telemetry, animal capture and radio-collaring techniques; in the analysis and synthesis of data for publication; and in grant writing for research funding.
Students also learned and practiced the use of genetic molecular analysis for the study of primate populations. The group used portable laboratories for molecular genetic research. Course objectives focused on conservation strategies and techniques to assist endangered primate populations of the Gran Chaco and all of Latin America.
In 2005, Fundación ECO organized the 3rd Primate Conservation Biology in Latin America Course and a new training course on Wildlife Conservation and Management.
Wild Armadillo Conservation Project
Fundación ECO sponsored a study on the ecology and behavior of the Tatú Carreta (Armadillo), an endangered mammal in the Gran Chaco. We worked with indigenous communities that share lands with these endangered armadillos. We developed strategies of ecotourism that supply these communities with alternate income apart from the hunting of these endangered animals.
Proyecto Qompí Nautalec Na Nachalatagag
Aborigines Caring for their Health
The objective of this project is to better the sexual and reproductive health of the Toba community of NamQom. For this project, the Fundación ECO worked in collaboration with group of adolescents from the community to create a specalized reference center devoted to these themes. This group of indivuals, from the NamQom community, created
1. A series of education modules regarding sexual health to be offered in local schools
2. A video, in the Toba language, dealing with themes of sexual health
3. A Bilingual brochure