Since Tapirus pinchaque distribution in Piura region is uncertain, this study will be carried out in ACP Bosques Montanos y Páramos Chicuate – Chinguelas, ACP Bosques de Neblina y Páramos de Samanga and ACR Pacaipampa, situated in that region. The aims of this study are to 1) gather and analyse secondary information about T. pinchaque and determine its distribution on the study sites and their surroundings, 2) conduct a preliminary identification of conflict areas with local communities and primary threats around the study sites, and 3) estimate the population density of T. pinchaque using camera traps. Cameras will be set in a grid with distances between cameras of 800m and at a height of 50cm above the ground. Cameras will be in constant operation for a month period, where batteries and memory cards will be replaced. Tapirs will be identified based on skin marks, scars, tail length and shape, sex, ear shape and notches, size, and other outstanding features.
Results and conclusions of this study will help to manage and protect mountain tapir in and around private conservation areas and areas of human habitation. Additionally, as the information gets published, it will contribute to the knowledge of Tapirus pinchaque conservation status in Peru.