The III Paraguayan Workshop on Herpetology and Mastozoology was held in Asunción, Paraguay on November 29 and 30 and December 1 at the Scientific Society of Paraguay. It brought together professionals who are dedicated to the study, scientific research and conservation of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, and featured a variety of different workshops and courses.
The event was supported by S.P.E.C.I.E.S. and the Chaco Jaguar Conservation Project, demonstrating the special interest that S.P.E.C.I.E.S. has towards the development and strengthening of science in Paraguay.
The event had three main objectives:
1. Disseminate knowledge about mammals, amphibians and reptiles in particular from Paraguay and the neotropical region, as well as their ecosystemic roles, in different sectors of society.
2. Encourage and collaborate in the development and theoretical and practical training of interdisciplinary professionals and young researchers in the country.
3. Encourage and promote joint work in interdisciplinary institutions and individuals interested in the study and conservation of mammals, amphibians and reptiles at the national and regional levels.
These conferences are of great importance for science in Paraguay because they allow professionals in this area to learn and get up to date with the work on mammals, amphibians and reptiles that is being done in Paraguay and the region. In addition, it offers a guide to students on careers related to these subjects and specialties, giving them the opportunity to learn about mammalogy and herpetology and providing direction for their futures.