The jaguar and mammal community in the extreme south of Bahia State
Population study and jaguar conservation in the northern portion of the Atlantic Rainforest: RPPN Estação Veracel – Pau-Brazil National Park
The projects aim to monitor jaguars (Panthera onca) in RPPN Veracel and Pau-Brazil National Park (south of Bahia). In Brazil, this threatened species had not been registered for more than 20 years in the area. They appeared again later in 2016 and 2017. Among the main highlights of this project is the identification of individual jaguars present in the area, in order to estimate the species density and assist in monitoring and capturing individuals. Besides the jaguar, we monitor all mammal community, so we can obtain information on the jaguar´s preys and expand our knowledge about the region´s fauna, which lacks further studies.
The project began in February 2018, with the analysis of the area by satellite imagery. Then, we planned two camera trap grids. One of them focused on monitoring the jaguars (with 4 km of space between cameras), and the second for monitoring other mammals (with 1,4 km between cameras). In August 2018, we organized the first campaign to set up camera traps, when we installed 82 camera traps between RPPN Veracel and Pau-Brazil National Park. The campaign registered 28 species total, including various statewide, national and international threatened species. However, this campaign did not detect jaguars. Until the end of the project, seven more camera trap campaigns are scheduled between April- June and August-October, considering the dry and rainy seasons.
Coordinator and Technical Manager
Ronaldo Gonçalves Morato
Veracel Celulose S.A.
Parque Nacional do Pau-Brasil