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Bertassoni A.,Instituto Homem Pantaneiro | Xavier-Filho N.L.,Instituto Homem Pantaneiro | Rabelo F.A.,Instituto Homem Pantaneiro | Leal S.P.S.,Instituto Homem Pantaneiro | And 4 more authors.
Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences | Year: 2012

To value river impacts is essential obtain data about anthropic activities. The Rede de Proteção e Conservação da Serra do Amolar develops monitoring of 310 km on Paraguay River. 1.041 boats were recorded using the river in 2010 and the most frequent activity was fishing.


Porfirio G.,University of Aveiro | Porfirio G.,Instituto Homem Pantaneiro | Sarmento P.,University of Aveiro | Leal S.,Instituto Homem Pantaneiro | And 2 more authors.
ORYX | Year: 2016

Rapid habitat conversion, hunting as a retaliatory response to livestock depredation and, potentially, lack of knowledge regarding the species' ecological role are the main factors influencing conservation of the Near Threatened jaguar Panthera onca in the Pantanal wetland of Brazil. Investigation of people's perceptions and attitudes towards a species is an important element of conservation initiatives but most information concerning human perceptions of jaguars in the Pantanal comes from conflict with ranchers, who typically perceive this species negatively as a result of economic losses. No information is available concerning perceptions of the jaguar by other inhabitants, particularly along riversides where the main activity is professional and recreational fishing. We used semi-structured questionnaires to interview 50 riverside inhabitants on how they perceive the jaguar and to investigate the influence of education and age on such perceptions compared to local people from rural properties in the Pantanal and other Brazilian biomes. 'Dangerous' was the predominant perception. We found that the negative perceptions of jaguars related to people's safety and not to economic losses from livestock depredation. We highlight environmental education programmes, ecotourism and better strategies to reduce livestock losses as useful tools for minimizing the perception that jaguars are dangerous in all situations. Copyright © Fauna & Flora International 2014.


Porfirio G.,University of Aveiro | Porfirio G.,Instituto Homem Pantaneiro | Sarmento P.,University of Aveiro | Filho N.L.X.,Instituto Homem Pantaneiro | And 2 more authors.
Check List | Year: 2014

Serra do Amolar (Amolar Mountain Ridge) is considered a Priority Area for biodiversity conservation in the Pantanal biome according to the Environmental Ministry of Brazil. Despite this fact, it is a little-studied area, lacking basic information such as species inventories. In this study, we provide a list of the medium- to large-sized mammals that inhabit the southern Serra do Amolar. We carried out a survey at Engenheiro Eliezer Batista Private Natural Heritage Reserve and Santa Tereza ranch from March 2009 to May 2013. We used non-invasive methods to generate a list of 33 mammal species from 18 families, including Endangered species such as the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), Vulnerable species such as the lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris), and Near Threatened species such as the jaguar (Panthera onca), highlighting the importance of this area for mammal conservation in a regional context. © 2014 Check List and Authors.

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