New sugarcane plantations are threatening wildlife near the Amazonian rainforest. Help protect the jaguar, puma, and maned wolf by tracking their use of the land.
The Araguaia River corridor connects the highly fragmented and threatened central Brazilian savannah (Cerrado) and the vast wilderness of the Amazonian rainforest. At the headwaters of the river lies Emas National Park, where jaguars, pumas, maned wolves, tapirs, and giant anteaters roam. You’re needed to help find out how these species are using the land around the park. This is especially important now, as the rapid expansion of the area planted with sugarcane for biofuel production may act as a barrier to these animals as they move through the corridor.
You’ll map the movements of selected animals and analyze the data to determine what factors influence them. You’ll help install camera traps around the sugarcane plantations to record the species that use these areas. Working with trained scat-detector dogs, you’ll look for feces of the species of interest.
In past years, volunteers have observed a wide range of animals, including rheas, pampas deer, macaws, giant anteaters, tapirs, armadillos, crab-eating foxes, ocelots, maned wolves, and even a puma. Volunteer-monitored camera traps and scat collection have provided a great deal of critical information that supports researchers in the effort to influence land use and wildlife management in the area.