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AMOROS, Samuel  and  SARAVIA, Patricia. Contributions to the conservation of Sternula lorata, peruvian tern, At Paracas National Reserve (PNR), Ica - Peru. Ecol. apl. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.2, pp.47-57. ISSN 1726-2216.

Sternula lorata is an endangered species. Worldwide, it is estimated that only from 1000 to 2499 individuals are left. This research was carried out in the Paracas Peninsula where a maximum of 605 individuals and 37 active nests were found during the reproductive season of 2006-2007. Both values surpass the reports for other localities and highlight the importance of this peninsula for the conservation of this species. Natural threats were represented by potential predators such as: Pseudalopex sp., "Fox"; Falco peregrinus, "Peregrine falcon"; Buteo polyosoma, "Variable hawk" and Cathartes aura, "Turkey vulture". On the other hand, the development of activities that are not compatible with the conservation of the area and vehicular traffic, were identified as threats of great negative impact. These findings lead us to recommend that participatory strategies should be developed to attain the conservation of this threatened species within the Paracas Peninsula and throughout the entire area of this species distribution.

Keywords : conservation and threats; Paracas; Peruvian Tern; Sternula lorata.

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