The trap cameras installed in Parque das Neblinas, an environmental reserve suzano managed by Ecofuture Institute, made a new, unprecedented sighting in the area: an ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) accompanied by her puppy. The mammal belongs to the felid family. (Felidae) and is native to the Americas. The species is classified by ICMBio as Least Concern (LC) and its population is estimated to exceed 40,000 individuals, however, in some regions there are signs of population decline linked to the loss and fragmentation of natural habitats. Despite being the first record of the species with its calf, camera traps in the reserve have already filmed the animal before.

“The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is the third largest Brazilian feline, second in size only to the puma and jaguar. Despite being considered an abundant species, it is threatened by deforestation and forest fragmentation. Females give birth every two years and take care of their young for an average period of one year. This type of record is fundamental, as it demonstrates that the Parque das Neblinas has sufficient ecological conditions to promote the conservation and maintenance of this species in the long term, and is fulfilling its role in the conservation of biodiversity and the ecosystem services associated with them” declares Paula Prist , researcher at EcoHealth Alliance.

In addition to the ocelot, other species were also recorded with their young, such as the tapir (tapirus terrestris), a group of legs (peccary tajacu), the brocket deer (Mazama gouazoubira), the Carrapateiro hawk (milvago chimachima) and the macuco (tinamus solitarius). Previously, a jaguar was also filmed in the area. The sightings “in family” reinforce that the work developed by Ecofuturo contributes to the environment of the reserve offering the necessary conditions for the reproduction of several species of fauna.

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“In partnerships with universities and research institutions, more than 70 studies have already been carried out in the Park, resulting in the registration of 1,255 species, four of which are new to science – and camera traps are also an important aid in this research and in monitoring the fauna. Records like these are an important result and confirm that we are on the right path in restoration and conservation work in the area,” says Paulo Groke, superintendent director of Ecofuturo.

Currently, the reserve has several camera traps in operation, installed and handled by the Institute's own team of park rangers. The snippets are available on the Ecofuturo YouTube channel.






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