Every year, millions of wild animals are threatened by roadkill, wildlife trafficking and mistreatment in Brazil. The ones who are lucky enough to be rescued, go straight to rehabilitation centers for treatment. Due to the high number of rescued animals, those centers are always operating at full capacity, making it harder to rewild these rescued animals and return them into the wild.
One of those centers is the CRAS Mato Grosso do Sul (CRAS MS), run by the government group IMASUL. In partnership with the veterinary course of the local university FAMEZ-UFMS, take care of thousands of animals every year. Part of those animals are released into the wild again after they’re strong enough, but many of them stay in captivity due to the lack of structure and qualified personnel to attend the high numbers of animals.
Staring at this scenario, we from Onçafari and Caiman Ecological Refuge, set a partnership with CRAS IMASUL and FAMEZ-UFMS to rehabilitate and rewild small mammals. The process will happen within Caiman Ecological Refuge, a protected and pristine area in the middle of Pantanal.
We are building an enclosure where mammals like ocelots, anteaters and coatis (among others) will be rehabilitated and taught to be wild again, so they can be released in the wild.
We need your help to finish the facilities structure building and give those animals an opportunity to get back where they never should have left, the wild!
We already successfully reintroduced 2 jaguars in the wild. Our first case was with Isa and Fera, 2 jaguars siblings which lost their mother when they were still cubs. They were sent to our enclosure in the Pantanal and after the rehabilitation process, we set them free. They didn’t need any support after the release and quickly adapted to the new life in the wild. The success evidence came when in 2018 we found out that they both had cubs in the wild.
Last year we built a rewild enclosure in the middle of the Amazon to rehabilitate 2 orphan jaguar cubs. The cubs spent 1 year on the enclosure and on July 1st, 2019, they were released in the wild!
In Pantanal, after Isa and Fera’s successful rewild, we received on our enclosure another jaguar, this time was one young male, named Jatobazinho. He was found very weak at the Jatobazinho Elementary School (in the region of Corumbá, Pantanal), and taken to CRAS MS rehab center for treatment. Now he is fully recovered and under rewild process at Caiman Ecological Refuge.
Associação Onçafari was created to promote environmental conservation and to contribute to socio-economic development through ecotourism and scientific research.
Today, our work aims at conserving biodiversity in various Brazilian biomes with an emphasis on jaguars and maned wolves. Currently we work in 6 different areas: Ecotourism, Science, Rewilding, Social, Education and Forests.
Currently, we work on 6 different fronts:
Onçafari Ecotourism works to habituate wild animals such as jaguars and maned wolves to the presence of vehicles. When the animals no longer see researchers and visitors as a threat, they become indifferent to the presence of vehicles, favouring the growth of ecotourism in the region.
Onçafari Science’s objective is to monitor and evaluate the animals’ behaviour when
faced with tourist activities. In addition, it evaluates the animals’ state of health and
studies the ecology and physiology of both the jaguar and maned wolf, thus contributing
to advancing scientific knowledge of the species and improving their protection.
Onçafari Education’s objective is to raise local population awareness of the importance of conserving biodiversity through lectures, field activities, documentaries and events.
Onçafari Rewild, in partnership with Cenap (National Research Center for Carnivore
Conservation) / ICMBio, works to reintroduce jaguars into the wild. An important tool to
re-establish populations threatened with extinction.
Onçafari Social interacts directly with the local communities amongst which our projects operate.
SCHOOLS: We supply uniforms, books and teaching materials for students and teachers; as well as making presentations showing the possibilities of entering professions that offer upward social mobility. Occasionally we also provide assistance in maintenance for local schools.
LOCAL COMMUNITIES: We provide occasional medical and dental services to some communities. We also offer a sterilization service for cats and dogs on some of the associated ranches.
Onçafari Forests’ objective is to conserve areas of ecological interest. Philanthropists donate properties that have native forest or are under regeneration to the Onçafari Association.
We then undertake the area’s maintenance with the prime objective of protecting it to provide shelter or passage for local wildlife. Participate in the creation of new Conservation Units, whether in the private (RPPNs) or public sector (federal, state or municipal). This includes providing technical viability studies and coordinating the interaction between all stakeholders.
With your donation we are stronger to keep fighting for wildlife in Pantanal.
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