Fauna Australis

20 years serving biodiversity
2001 – 2021


The Fauna Australis Lab conducts research on native and exotic wild carnivore species.

For almost 20 years, we have researched the genetics of species present in Chile, ecology, conservation, and interactions between livestock and carnivores.

In the last decade, we have had to research the impact of feral dogs on native fauna and participate in multiple forums, conferences, public policy documents, bills, and outreach regarding the importance of responsible ownership to prevent the impacts of dogs on threatened native species.

Fauna Australis has had a long-term collaboration with The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in diverse areas related to native and exotic carnivores.

Video about the impact of feral animals on wildlife.

Fauna Australis researchers specialized in carnivores

Chilla fox
David Macdonald and Cristian Bonacic
Fox and guanaco in the Torres del Paine National Park


  • Ohrens, O., Bonacic, C., Treves, A. 2019. Non‐lethal defense of livestock against predators: flashing lights deter puma attacks in Chile.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17(1):32-38. doi:10.1002/fee.1952
  • Guarda, N., Gálvez, N., Leichtle, J., Osorio, C., Bonacic, C. 2017. Puma Puma concolor density estimation in the Mediterranean Andes of Chile. Oryx 51(2): 263-267. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605315001301
  • Schüttler, E., Klenke, R., Galuppo, S., Castro, R.A., Bonacic, R., Laker, J. Henle, K. 2017. Habitat use and sensitivity to fragmentation in America’s smallest wildcat. Mammalian Biology – Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 86:1–8.
    Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mambio.2016.11.013
  • Ohrens, O., Treves, A., & Bonacic, C. 2016. Relationship between rural depopulation and puma-human conflict in the high Andes of Chile. Environmental Conservation, 43(1):24-33.
  • A Treves, C Bonacic. 2016. Humanity’s Dual Response to Dogs and Wolves. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31(7):489-91. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.04.006
  • Petitpas, R., Ibarra, J., Miranda, M., Bonacic, C. 2016. Spatial patterns over a 24-year period show an increase in native vegetation cover and decreased fragmentation in Andean temperate landscapes, Chile. Ciencia e Investigación Agraria, 43(3):384-395.
  • Hernandez, F., Galvez, N., Gimona, A., Laker, J., Bonacic, C. 2015. Activity patterns by two colour morphs of the vulnerable guina, Leopardus guigna (Molina 1782), in temperate forests of southern Chile. Gayana 79(1):102-105.
  • Rubio, A.V., Hidalgo-Hermoso, E., Bonacic, C. 2014. Hematology and serum biochemistry values of culpeo foxes (lycalopex culpaeus) from central Chile. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(3):589-593.