The Open School of Tropical Animal

Science and Production


   5/28/2024 2:57:41 PM





Ojasti (1996) indicated that Latin American animals can be classified into two major groupings as follows:

  • Forest and river wildlife

  • Open habitat, mixed and wetland wildlife


Picture of a river (left) and a swamp (right) in Trinidad


He has further suggested the following as elements of a Wildlife Management strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean:

  1. Total protection

  2. Protected areas

  3. Sport hunting

  4. Captive breeding

  5. Extensive management of commercial species

  6. Environmental education

  7. Research

  8. Wildlife protection services

  9. Other strategies

Picture of an agouti production unit


The above is slightly different in approach to the standard North American which involves the following four approaches:

  1. Management of Exploited species (Game species)

  2. Management of Overabundant species (Pest species)

  3. Management of Rare and Declining species (Endangered species)

  4. Management of Critical habitats/ ecological communities/ National Parks and Wildlife Reserves.


Dr. Gary W. Garcia, Ph.D.,

Department of Food Production, Faculty of Science and Agriculture,

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.