The Open School of Tropical Animal

Science and Production


   6/15/2024 10:41:14 PM





Amodification of Ojasti (1996) is what is being done in French Guyana. In French Guyana hunting as allowed year round, but animals are categorized into 3 categories with the following constraints:

  • Animals which are Red listed and cannot be hunted, these are the Fully Protected Species;

  • Animals which can be hunted but for personal use only/ not to be traded, Hunting permitted but not for trade and

  • Animals which can be hunted and traded, (Richard-Hansen and Hansen, 2002).

Map of French Guyana


The eight (8) species of mammals that can be hunted and traded in French Guyana are:

  1. Collared Peccary (Tayassu tajacu)

  2. White Lipped Peccary (Tayassu peccari)

  3. Tapir (Tapirus terrestris)

  4. Paca (Agouti paca)

  5. Agouti (Dasyprocta leporina)

  6. Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris)

  7. Nine Banded Amadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus)

  8. Amadillo (Dasypus kappleri)

The above species has been reported to account for 73% of all mammalian catch from a study on animal biomass harvested in the Brazilian Amazonia. The collared Peccary accounted for 18.3% and this was equivalent to 27,065 tonnes (or 1,353,248 animals) harvested annually by the low-income rural population (Peres 2000).



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

Department of Food Production, Faculty of Science and Agriculture,

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.