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Editors: Ansel Fong G., David Maceira F., William S. Alverson, and Jennifer M. Shopland
Design: Costello Communications, Chicago
Translations: Tyana Wachter, Guillermo Knell, Patricia Álvarez, Jennifer M. Shopland, and William
Web design and development: Allyson Meyer, Sergio Rabiela, Ryan Peters, and Asha Patel
Funding: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
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Our inventory in Siboney-Juticí Ecological Reserve was briefer than the typical “rapid inventory” because Hurricane Lily chased us from the
Reserve. Nevertheless, during the two intense days that we had in Siboney-Juticí, we recorded some new species for the site and the region
and were able to assess the status and distribution of the terrestrial habitats. These data, combined with data collected previously by
biologists working with BIOECO (much of this information published here for the first time) fulfilled the basic goals of our
We would like to thank everyone who assisted us before, during, and after this inventory. Although in the following paragraphs we name some
people individually, all receive our warmest gratitude.
In Havana, Nadia Pérez and Regla Balmori of the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Cuba)
shared their friendship and their organizational abilities. Reinaldo Estrada of the National System of Protected Areas (Sistema Nacional de
Áreas Protegidas [SNAP]) provided very helpful comments on the results and recommendations arising from our fieldwork. Other organizational
units of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente [CITMA]) coordinated the
permits for access to the study area and for the collection of specimens. The Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., kindly granted
visas for the U.S. participants.
During the expedition, Emelina Martínez took charge of preparing and serving breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners that are so important
in the field, giving her best and preparing special treats that everyone appreciated. Drivers José L. Fabar, Ramón Cueto, and Roberto Romero
provided transportation to and from the Reserve. To them, many thanks. Members of the community of Siboney were very kind and readily shared
information with members of the social inventory team. The botanical team thanks Florentino Bermúdez and María del C. Fagilde for their
kindness and help during the work in the herbarium at BIOECO. Ansel Fong G. is grateful to the Cleveland Zoological Society for its financial
support of the first inventories of reptiles in the Reserve, and to the workers at the ecological station at Siboney for all the help that
they have given during his work there. Dan Brinkmeier, Álvaro del Campo, Isa Halm, and Julie Smentek provided logistical support in the
hectic days prior to the presentations of our preliminary results in Santiago and Havana.
Tyana Wachter and Sophie Twichell, as always, contributed all necessary coordination, making easy what seemed difficult; Tyana was also very
helpful in corrections and translations of the report. We also thank Patricia Álvarez and Guillermo Knell for additional translations, and
Yazmín Peraza, Corine Vriesendorp, Guillermo Knell, and Brandy Pawlak for their careful review of drafts of this report. We are very grateful
to Merlin Tuttle and to Bat Conservation International for the use of photos of the bat species that inhabit the Reserve. Thanks also to
Petra Sierwald for her review of Appendix 5 (spiders) and for her valuable suggestions for editing it. Jim Costello and the staff of Costello
Communications were tremendously patient, creative, and helpful in getting the text and images into production.
We thank John W. McCarter Jr. for his constant support of our program. Funds for this rapid inventory were provided by the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Field Museum.