Jaguar Breeding Project

The Jaguar Breeding Project


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.

Arara Vermelha



“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 —

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The Association


The Association for the Research and Conservation of the Wildlife aims to sustain and extend the Jaguar Breeding Project within the quality charter of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Energies (IBAMA).The Criadouro thus participates in the preservation and perpetuation of the Brazilian fauna and flora. Among our further objectives we have:

  • Support and perform scientific research to define management and conservation strategies AND assess their efficiency, as well as help create directives for public policy actions;
  • Create and manage conservation units aiming for the protection of the natural ecosystems, landscapes, cultural heritage and biodiversity, emphasizing the action for endangered species;
  • Collaborate and develop, through appropriate means, with public and private institutions, actions aiming at the development of the economic and social environment;
  • Support the Jaguar Breeding Project in achieving its final purposes, taking care of wild animals in captivity conditions, developing studies and research on their biology and reproduction;
  • Collaborate for the organization of postgraduate courses in teaching and research entities that request its services;
  • Promote the circulation of the knowledge in the related areas mentioned above through technical publications, periodicals, monographs and other forms that may be appropriate;
  • Provide institutional support to teaching and research entities and researchers;help them through the transfer and broadcast of technical knowledge in their area of expertise.

To fulfill its purposes the Association operates through the direct execution of projects, programs or action plans, the donation of physical, human and financial resources, or intermediary services to support other non-profit organizations and public sector bodies that work in related areas.

The Association for the Research and Conservation of the Wildlife does not distribute to any of its members, counselors, directors or donorsany possible operating surplus, gross or cash, nor any dividend, bonus, share or portion of its estate earned through its activities.

The Team


Luciano do Valle Saboia | Oncologist & Surgeon

  • President of the Association for the Research and Conservation of the Wildlife
  • Owner

Cristiane Lange Saboia | Oncologist & Hematologist

  • Owner

Technical Team

Carlos Edduardo ConteBiólogo  

  • Master of Animal Biology
  • PhD in Animal Biology

George Ortmeier Velastín | Veterinarian | CRMV PR 4993

  • Specialist in Conservation Biology
  • Master of Veterinary Medicine

Maria Carolina Leal Polidori | Arquitect & Urbanist | CAU A47468-1

  • Master of Environment and Development

Mauro Antonietto | Arquitect & Urbanist | CAU 8587-1

  • Project and Tasks Execution Coordinator 
  • Working Team: Eliane Antonietto, Miguel Sokulski, Alexandro, Sandro, Osmar, João Vilson, João Henrique, Delcides, Luciano, Giovani, João.

Paulo Rogerio Mangini || Technical Manager

  • Veterinarian | CRMV-PR 3347
  • Master of Veterinary Science | PhD in Environment and Development

Napoleão | Onça Parda

Support Team

  • Allann Rodmann Carneiro Leão
  • Anna Carla Meira
  • Antônio Carlos Borges
  • Erminia Vieira Valomin
  • Ivone do Amarante
  • João de Oliveira Ribeiro
  • José de Jesus Gonçalves
  • Lair Maciel dos Santos
  • Natalea Martins Griz
  • Roseli Oening
  • Vilson Amarante

Other Consultants

  • Pedro Scherer Neto | Ornithologist, Volunteer Researcher, MeSc

Interns  [trainee || short volunteer internships]

  • Pedro Teles | Estagiária de Medicina Veterinária | UNESP [04/01/2013 a 18/01/2013]
  • Alexandre Lopacinski Cordeiro | Estagiário de Medicina Veterinária [12/07/2013 a 26/07/2013]
  • Natália Resk | Estagiária de Medicina Veterinária | UFRPE [07/10/2013 a 01/11/2013]
  • Alexandre Lopacinski Cordeiro | Estagiário de Medicina Veterinária [13/01/2014 a 31/01/2014]
  • Bruna Ariane Ribeiro | Estagiária de Medicina Veterinária [13/01/2014 a 24/01/2014]
  • Mari Jane Taube | Estagiária de Medicina Veterinária [13/01/2014 a 24/01/2014]
  • Eduardo Vicentini | Estagiário de Engenharia Florestal | UFSC [15/02/2014 a 14/03/2014]
  • Thassiane Targino da Silva | Estagiária de Medicina Veterinária | UFSC [15/02/2014 a 14/03/2014]
  • Gabriel Denipoti | Estagiário de Ciência Biológicas | UNIFRAN  [17/02/2014 a 17/03/2014]
  • Marina Abrahams Kliewer | Estagiária de Medicina Veterinária | UNESP [07/07/2014 a 01/08/2014]
  • Luana Antoniuk | Estagiária de Medicina Veterinária | Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná [21/07/2014 a 25/07/2014]
  • Alexandre Lopacinski Cordeiro | Estagiário de Medicina Veterinária | Unicentro [18/12/2014 a 02/01/2015]
  • Morena Malinowski Mezzomo | Estagiária de Medicina Veterinária | Unicentro [18/12/2014 a 02/01/2015]
  • Guilherme Augusto Vieira | Estagiário de Medicina Veterinária UFFS [Fevereiro de 2015]
  • Francine Lourenço dos Santos | Estagiária de Biologia | PUCPR [Maio de 2015]
  • Mariana Borges | Estagiária de Medicina Veterinária Estagiária de Biologia UFPR [Julho de 2015]
  • Paloma Tomazi | Estagiária de Medicina Veterinária UFFS [Julho de 2015]

Conservation Programs

Cardeal Amarelo

The Jaguar Breeding Project currently participates in various national and international Conservation Programs for the reproduction of endangered species. Among these programs:

  • Blastocerus dichotomus | Marsh Deer  (Cervo do Pantanal)
  • Speothos venaticus | Bush Dog (Cachorro Vinagre)
  • Aburria jacutinga | Black Fronted Curassow (Jacutinga)
  • Amazona brasiliensis | Red-tailed Amazon (Papagaio da cara roxa)
  • Amazona vinacea | Vinaceous-breasted Amazon (Papagaio do peito roxo)
  • Mazama bororo | Small Red Brocket (Veado-bororo)
  • Gubernatrix cristata | Yellow Cardinal (Cardeal Amarelo)
  • Harpia harpyja | Harpy Eagle (Harpia)
  • Crax fasciolata | Bare-faced Curassow (Mutum de Penacho)
  • Tayassu pecari | White-lipped Peccary (Queixada)

Among others.

Certificates and Labels

The Jaguar Breeding Project received the label “Fauna Friendly”, a reward for organizations and companies, which apply and consolidate innovative measures for the conservation of the wildlife.

In 2015, the Association for Research and Conservation of Wild Life won the “22 Ecology Expression Award” with the Jaguar Breeding Project, in the category Wildlife Conservation. Certified by the Ministry of Environment as the largest environmental award from the South of Brazil, the Ecology Expression Award is the most complete map of the business developments in the search for sustainability in the last two decades. The award has the support of the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and three public environmental agencies South – SEMA / IAP (PR), Fatma (SC) and Fepam (RS) – which have representatives in the group of jurors.

Papagaio Verdadeiro


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Jaguar Breeding Project

Association for the Research and Conservation of the Wildlife

+55 [41] 3029-8810

The Jaguar Breeding Project is Conservationist and is not open to the public, as in zoos. The entry of persons is allowed with the purpose of research and maintenance. Even so are strictly assisted by specialized professionals: to contact us and get more information, please complete the form below, or call our contact phone during business hours.

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