Caiman Ecological Refuge encourages research and conservation of the Pantanal, and supports several biology and ecology projects.
Various research and species management projects aimed at conservation of Pantanal fauna are included in the Nature Conservation Programme activities sponsored and supported by Caiman Ecological Refuge.
In addition to visiting the projects’ bases, our guests can monitor their activities.
Onçafari Jaguar Project is a conservation initiative that aims to promote ecotourism in the Pantanal by habituating* jaguars in order for people to witness the fascinating behaviour of these beautiful animals, from a safari vehicle. Ecotourism is being used as an important conservation tool, providing an important source of income for landowners and local communities.
*To habituate an animal is very different form domesticating it. When a Jaguar gets habituated it simply stops perceiving our vehicles as treat and acts normally in our presence. It still remains a completely wild cat.
This began in 1990 and is coordinated by the biologist, Dr. Neiva Guedes, from UNIDERP. It is aimed at collecting data on the Hyacinth macaw, by monitoring their nests. Caiman Ecological Refuge area has 38% of the identified nests, where at least 50 new fledglings are hatched each year.
This was launched in 1997 and is coordinated by Glaucia Seixas, a zoologist technician who hold a Master’s degree in Ecology and Conservation. Its goals are to obtain, record and disseminate information on the Blue Fronted Parrot, as well as assessing the impact of human activity on this species – one of the most affected by the illegal trafficking of animals.
Besides the biodiversity conservation projects, in 2007 Caiman Ecological Refuge created the Caiman Recycling Project, which collects, separates and correctly disposes of recyclable and hazardous waste from the whole the property.