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Domestication and husbandry of the paca (Agouti paca)

Author(s) Smythe, N. & Brown de guanti, O.
Year of publication 1995
The present document describes methods and techniques to domesticate and breed the Paca – Agouti paca – a wild animal of the dense Latin American woods. In this book it is shown how, changing the original behaviour during the initial stages of their life - the Paca becomes a social animal, losing its aggressive behaviour. Living in groups rather than couples, also increases the reproductive rate, making the farming a profitable activity. The management of the Paca in captivity is an interesting development due to its appreciated meat. More over this brings to a reduction of hunting pressure on wild populations. This book is only available in Spanish.
Type of Case
Printed publication (book, sourcebook, journal article…)
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function
Multiple use