Jaguar Conservation Expedition
Atlantic Rain Forest:
Jaguar Conservation: 12 days
This expedition will initiate the first-ever conservation project of Atlantic forest jaguar and puma populations and their prey in unstudied rainforest. The Hilaire/Lange National Park study site is known for its outstanding beauty, with densely forested mountain ranges and mangrove lowlands reaching the Atlantic ocean. It harbours one of the few jaguar populations surviving in broad-leaved Atlantic rainforest.
You will be walking on jungle paths, looking for tracks, kills, scats and the animals themselves and setting camera traps for them. You will also be interviewing local people about them. Data collected by the expedition will form the basis for the management and protection of jaguars and pumas and their habitats within a highly threatened ecosystem.
It is important to remember that Conservation Expeditions are NOT regular tourism packages, and participants should be aware that they are in fact working for a conservation project run by two non-profit organizations, Biosphere Expeditions and Projeto Puma.
Primary study species
Species that are relevant to the surveys will be the puma (Puma concolor), jaguar (Panthera onca), tapir (Tapirus terrestris), collared peccary (Pecari tajacu), white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), and red deer (Mazama americana), all of which are threatened to some extent at national level and of special relevance as flagship residents of a highly threatened ecosystem.
- To initiate ground-breaking research work on jaguar and puma in Atlantic forest habitat.
- To elucidate the detailed distribution of puma and jaguar and assess habitat quality.
- To assess the impact of human activity on local mammal biodiversity.
- To initiate a conservation project to preserve a source population of the southernmost population of jaguar in the Atlantic forest.
2006: 5 – 17 November | 19 November – 1 December.
2007: Dates to be announced December 2006.
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