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Pantanal Conservation and Research Initiative

Location Pantanal wetlands, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil Project Focus Ecology
Project Start 2005  
Study Species International mammals Staff Contact


The protection of wetlands and related biodiversity is considered of global importance. The Pantanal is the world's largest freshwater wetland and in recent years it has become increasingly threatened by large development programmes and changes in land management practices.

Since 2005, the RZSS Pantanal Conservation and Research initiative has been conducting scientific research to create, implement and evaluate conservation actions and sustainable land management strategies. Results from the Pantanal are used to promote conservation throughout Brazil and internationally.

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Giant ArmadilloGiant Armadillo Project

RZSS in partnership with IPE (a Brazilian NGO, Institute for Ecological Research) are conducting an ecological study on the secretive giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) about which virtually nothing is known. 


Follow Arnaud's video diaries from the Pantanal as he                                                         searches for the elusive Giant Armadillo... 


Pigs And PeccariesPigs and Peccaries

Over 200 years ago a much less charismatic and potential menace was introduced to the Pantanal: the feral pig (Sus scrofa). The scientific literature fully documents the negative ecological and socio-economic consequences of their presence in different areas of the world. 


Cattle Ranching TN DeltaDiet software

This is a rapid method to evaluate and understand resource use of both domestic and wild herbivores and is particularly urgent since ranching activities are intensifying and destroying important wildlife habitat. RZSS and EMBRAPA Pantanal  have collaborated to create this method over a six year period and the key was launched at the end of 2010. 


Conservation Specialist Breeding GroupConservation Breeding Specialist Group Brazil

Arnaud Desbiez (RZSS Regional Coordinator) is the convener of the Brazilian Network of the IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG). CBSG Brazil assists and brings people together to find common ground on difficult conservation problems and to help develop conservation actions and management plans for threatened species. 


Species Conservation Planning Sub-Committee:

Arnaud Desbiez  (RZSS Regional Coordinator) represents RZSS on the Species Conservation Planning Sub-Committee (SCPSC) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. 

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