The Jaguar Breeding Project (Criadouro Onça Pintada) is ran by the Association for the Research and Conservation of the Wildlife, which aims to sustain and extend it within the quality charter of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Energies (IBAMA). The Breeding Project thus participates in the preservation and perpetuation of the Brazilian fauna and flora.
We are located in Campina Grande do Sul – Paraná | BRAZIL -, 30km from Curitiba.
The Breeding Project currently covers 132 hectares and possesses more than 150 Enclosures sheltering more than 2.200 animals from 190 species. This wildlife population is taken care of by Restoration and Management Programs including the development of breeding technics and research in our working area.
Our story began in January 1995… the year when a 60-hectare-wide rural area formerly used for cattle breeding was acquired. This area was in an advanced state of degradation and erosion, with dried-up water springsand loss of the natural vegetation due to the cattle allotment and the commercial activity.
Slowly and progressively,the vegetation has been restored on the original basis andnative vegetal species have been reintroduced. The return of the wildlife has been slow and sometimes inexistent due to the disappearance of the fauna in the surroundings.
In 2002, the property received 12 Coatis from the Natural History Museum of Capão da Imbuia (Prefecture of Curitiba) as part of a program for the Coati repopulation in protected woods.
This reintroduction was a success and we now aim for the authorization to take advantage of this area to reintroduce, protect and reproduce others species of the threatened Brazilian fauna with IBAMA. Thus in 2003 IBAMA granted us the Operating License as a Conservationist Animal Breeding Project. We then received our first Onça Pintada (a type of Jaguar) called Juca coming from a public zoo which had to close because of the lack of good maintenance conditions.
After Juca we received many other animals from various species. Most of them came from the wildlife traffic, illegal possession or were rescued. The Breeding Project kept growing since then and the Association for the Research and Conservation of the Wildlife was created in 2009.
“Each piece of land is sacred,
Where each shining pine branch,
Each handful of beach sand,
The half-lit forest,
Each clearing and buzzing insect
Carry with them the memories
And experiences of the man…
The rivers are our sisters…
The murmur of the waters and the voice of our ancestors,
The shining water that flows from the rocky edges,
To the humid grasslands, in the rivers and brooks,
Is not only the water that satiates our thirst,
But also the blood of our ancestors…
The air is precious…
Everything shares the same breath:
The animal, the tree and the man.
The wind sweetened by the flowers in the fields,
Perfumed by the pine trees,
Makes the surface of the lake curl,
It gave to our ancestors,
Their first and last breath.
And if all the plants and animals came to disappear,
The man would die from a huge solitude of his mind,
Since everything that happens to the Earth,
Also will happen to the sons of the Earth.
Everything is linked,
As the blood bounds a family together.
The man did not sew the tissue of his life:
He is just one its threads…
The Earth does not belong to the man…
The man belongs to the Earth…”
— Cacique C Si’ahl (Seattle) – 1854 —