a parcel of the total land and be entitled to schedule prolongued
visits to the wildlife reserve throughout the year, at no cost.
need large territories to live. We are selecting key areas to establish
reserves and permanent base camps, in the Araucaria and Atlantic
Rainforests of Brazil. We also plan to seek areas in Sumatra. Contributions
a Conservation Expedition to participate:
Look for tigers, elephants, and leopards in the jungles of Indonesia,
Look for jaguars and pumas in the Brazilian Rainforests
focus - habitat and wildlife restoration
south has been intensively settled, resulting in the extinction
of the most remarckable species, and the decline of others.
area will be chosen where threatned species may be restored. Peccaris
and pampas deer still inhabit the land but need management for a
come-back, while others such as the tapir and the maned-wolf may
need to be re-introduced.
puma, below, is fortunately widespread on the tablelands. However,
prey has declined and should be restored, and pumas are being pursued
for livestock depredation. We aim to build a fenced yard to keep
problem animals that would otherwise be killed.
land trust is a way to unite people with the single interest in purchasing
an area for conservation. In our project, participants will be entitled
to elect representatives to the administration body of the trust. See
below the details of the project.
aim to purchase land in three main areas, two in South America and one
in Sumatra, Indonesia. The aim is to preserve habitats for pumas and
jaguars in South America and tigers in Sumatra. A Research stations
will be built in these areas for long term monitoring of these species.
of areas to be purchased:
Tablelands of Brazil: habitat of the puma, the maned wolf, and the pampas
deer. See below for details of the area.
Atlantic rainforest of Brazil: home of the jaguar, peccaries, and tapir
(page under construction).
Central Sumatra, Indonesia: home of the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, elephant
and clouded leopard.
Tablelands of Brazil
is extremely diverse, harbouring rainforests to semi-arid landscapes,
and from andean mountains to savannas.
The first reserve
to be purchased is located in the Brazilian southern tablelands.
resemble Europe in many aspects, inheriting strong cultural background
from early German and Italian settlers.
so in the tablelands, with a climate resembling that of temperate
areas, where temperatures drop to -10 C in winter. Its savanna-like
aspect though, it similar to that found in Africa.
and political context
ranching, forestry, and apple plantations are the main economic force
in the region. Wine is a prospective market that has lately received
a lot of investment. Products are exported in large scale.
The nearest port is 300 km distant along very good highways. The coast
area is the most populated, and where the majority of the industries
and commerce is located.
is a stable country for investment, with property rights fully garanteed
by the constitution and by the presence of solid institutions.
town nearest to the reserve is Lages (below), with facilities including
local universities with graduate courses in medicine, law, and biological
sciences, just to cite a few, and advanced courses in education and
the town of Lages, Projeto Puma has established a partnership with
the 'Universidade do Planalto Catarinense (UNIPLAC)',maintaining a
Laboratory of Ecology and lecturing advanced short courses ranging
from Geographic Information System (GIS) to Wildlife Management.
reserve will have an investment focused on ecotourism and sustainable
harvest of native non-timber products, particullarly the 'erva-mate'
(Ilex paraguariensis), a tea widely consumed in Brazil. It
may be consumed in a variety of ways, recommended for its antioxidant
properties. In the ecotourism aspect, lodges will be built where tourists
may come and stay for several days. Horse-riding and wildlife watching
will be the main attactions.
total budget has been calculated for land purchase (initially 100
ha), building of facilities such as lodges and fences for wildlife
maintainance, purchase of a four-whell drive vehicle and a van, general
maintainance for a two year period, and investments on ecotourism
services and non-timber products, as follows. Quotas from 2,000 USD.
emergency, initial budget has been calculated for project startup,
southern pampas deer, Ozotocerus bezoarticus, one of the
mammals to be protected in the reserve, is considered Endangered (EN)
worldwide by the
IUCN. Photo: Wilian R. Veronezi
Yes, we have snow... but only occasionally.
Tablelands are covered with extensive savannas that in some areas resemble
those of Africa. The climate is temperate, with temperatures dropping
to -10C in winter. Cattle ranching is one of the main activities.
far sight is ideal for sightseen and for horse-riding.
grassland with araucaria (coniferous)
forest in the background.
local university in the town of Lages 'Universidade do Planalto Catarinense
- UNIPLAC' (http://www.uniplac.net), where the Laboratory of Ecology
was installed and is currently admnistered by Projeto Puma.
mammal species most threatned and to be recovered in the reserve, clockwise
from top left, the tapir, the maned-wolf, the white-lipped pecary, and