Dr. María Teresa Solís Soto - KAP-Study Wildlife

Research Topic

“Knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards the risk of zoonotic diseases, wildlife trade and wildlife consumption in Latin America” („KAP-Study wildlife“)

Interviewee Information

Dr. María Teresa Solís Soto
Local coordinator of the Center for International Health, LMU at the Universidad San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca, Bolivia.

Description of the research project

The KAP-Study wildlife aims to study knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to zoonotic diseases, wildlife trade, and consumption among different populations in Latin America, including urban, rural, and indigenous communities. Based on the findings, the project will develop innovative approaches to educate and raise awareness among these communities to promote positive conservation attitudes and behaviors. This is important because wild animals play a crucial role in biodiversity and human health, but they can also transmit pathogens that may cause pandemics. The increasing reduction of wildlife habitats due to deforestation and urbanization leads to closer contact between humans and animals, increasing the risk of zoonotic diseases. Wildlife trade, handling, and consumption of wild animals also contribute to the potential transmission of pathogens. Latin America, being one of the most biodiverse regions, faces significant conservation challenges, including human-wildlife conflicts and zoonotic disease risks.