Francisca Astorga, , Grantee Link >
Francisca Astorga is a veterinarian and naturalist from Chile. Based on a love for animals, she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science and then graduated from Vet School. Now, she has an MSc and a PhD in Conservation Medicine. She has participated for more than seven years in different projects concerning wild animal’s rehabilitation, management, research and conservation. Since 2004, she has being contributing to the Cascada de las Animas Wild Animal Refuge, located in central Chile, where she supports mainly veterinary activities, management and fundraising. Her research experience, for which she received a CAF grant, has focused on the impact of free-ranging dogs on wildlife, particularly on sympatric carnivores, including spatial segregation, competition and potential infectious disease transmission. She is currently on the board of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.