What are the project’s plans for the future?
The habituation project is currently being carried out at Caiman Ecological Refuge in the southern Pantanal. However, once our model has been proven, it is our goal to take it to other landowners elsewhere in the Pantanal that are interested in ecotourism. Therefore conserving more land, Jaguars and a larger part of this magnificent ecosystem.
Why promote ecotourism in the Pantanal?
Ecotourism is being used as an important conservation tool in many places around the world, providing an important source of income for landowners and local communities who in turn do their part by ensuring that the ecosystem stays intact; large tracts of land are conserved around the world in this manner.
With more than 95% of the Brazilian Pantanal being privately owned, ecotourism has huge conservation potential as it could serve as a significant source of additional revenue for landowners and the local communities.
While on the subject of habituation it must be emphasized that this is very different to being tamed or domesticated; the Jaguar habituation process involves gradually increasing the tolerance of these animals to the presence of vehicles, with people on board, through techniques that prioritize respect for nature and the target animal. The Jaguars continue to…Ver mais