Atlantic Rain Forest:
Jaguar Conservation: 12 days
Jaguar Conservation Expedition (see photos)

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.


Expedition aims

  1. To initiate ground-breaking research work on jaguar and puma in Atlantic forest habitat.
  2. To elucidate the detailed distribution of puma and jaguar and assess habitat quality.
  3. To assess the impact of human activity on local mammal biodiversity.
  4. To initiate a conservation project to preserve a source population of the southernmost population of jaguar in the Atlantic forest.

Dates

2006:
5 – 17 November | 19 November – 1 December.
2007: Dates to be announced December 2006.


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ATTRACTIONS

The program offers a big variety of tours and attractions
Atlantic Rain Forest
Atlantic Rain Forest
Mangroves
Rivers
Jaguar Conservation
Jaguars
Pumas
Ocelots

ACCOMMODATIONS

The program contemplates the best quality on accommodation

Economic (see photos)
The expedition team will sleep in single or double dome tents pitched inside the forest margin on wooden platforms, around a wooden cabin. There will also be a number of hammocks available for those who prefer this.

TRANSPORTATION


Transportation from Curitiba (assembly point) to base camp will be provided using Land Rover vehicles and boats.

Because base camp is located deep inside the Atlantic Rain Forest, access is quite difficult and it may take around 3 to 4 hours form Curitiba. The Land Rover vehicles will take us as far as the roads allow, and motorized canoes will be used then to reach further into the jungle.


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Jaguar Conservation Expedition

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