Fauna Australis

Cristián BonacicDr. Cristian Bonacic, DVM. M.Sc. DPhil.Associate Professor, Wildlife scientist and lecturer in wildlife conservation at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry Science of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Director of Fauna Australis.

Head of the Environmental Science Diploma and of the MSc in Conservation and Wildlife Management. Member of the Wildlife Trust Alliance and associate researcher of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU, Oxford) & Macaulay Land Use Research (Darwin Initiative project). Adjunct researcher of CERC, Columbia University. In 2007 received a Whitley commnendation for his work in innovation for conservation science from HRH Princess Royal at the Royal Geographical Society of London.

“For the last 10 years, I have conducted workshops, fieldwork, captures and activities with local communities teaching sustainable use of vicunas. My goals are to provide individuals sources of income without affecting vicuna´s population viability, social organisation and injuries and stress to the animals. Most of my projects are based in the altiplano, but I also commit myself to report to decision makers in the local government (Wildlife offices in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile) and internationally (CITES, US Fish and Wildlife Service, IUCN).
My academic career combines teaching and research in applied conservation issues. I am also coordinating the Environmental science diploma in our University. In 2005, we launched the first MSc programme in Conservation and Wildlife Management. This is a 2 year graduate course that aims to prepare a multidisciplinary research team that works in flora, fauna, conservation and protected areas management. My duties as head of the programme include lecturing, field expeditions, supervision of thesis and fundraising for the projects and students”.