Brazil is probably the most biologically diverse country in the world, with millions of species, natural beauties and unique landscapes.

Artists illustrate the different species of peccaries to help conservation initiatives.

The first time the artists came together to help White Lipped Peccaries, a threatened species, was in 2014 when 38 illustrations were produced showing their social behavior of the peccaries, their environment and their charm.

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Peccaries Illustrations

The illustrations will contribute to environmental education initiatives and conservation efforts in the various Latin American countries where these species occur.

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In the news

March 23, 2017

Feral pigs, vampire bats, and infectious diseases in rural Brazil

A new study examines the impacts of invasive feral pigs, a favorite prey of vampire bats, on ecosystems in rural Brazil. The distribution of feral pigs — which are also known as wild boars, or “javali” in Portuguese, and are actually the same species as the domestic pig (Sus scrofa) — has increased five-fold since they were first recorded in Brazil in 2007.A group of Brazilian researchers found that not only might populations of vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) explode as a result of this invasion of feral pigs, but associated threats, such as the spread of infectious diseases, could increase as well. The results of their study were published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment earlier this month.

December 23, 2016

Scientists Produce a New Roadmap For Guiding Development & Conservation Efforts in the Amazon

New river basin classification will help safeguard region’s biodiversity and monitor infrastructure developme

Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the Nature Conservancy, and several partners in Brazil and Peru have produced a geographic information system (GIS) “roadmap” to help guide conservation efforts at large scale in the Amazon River basin, a region roughly the size of the United States.

The new spatial framework—created with several major data sets and GIS technology—is made up of a new hydrological and river basin classification, along with various spatial analysis tools, that can be used to better understand and mitigate the synergistic effects of deforestation and new or planned highways and dams across the Amazon Basin.