Researchers: Jean Pierre Santos from Instituto Pró-carnívoros (The Institute for the Conservation of Neotropical Carnivores) and Marcello from Canastra 4x4. Jean Pierre and Marcello were our guides in Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra, Minas Gerais, Brazil. They helped us find wildlife and evaluate the feasibility of a research idea my colleagues and I are developing. I am grateful to Jean Pierre and Marcello for helping us through their knowledge and expertise; they did excellent work! I would also like to thank Rogério Cunha de Paula and Ronaldo Gonçalves Morato who work for both Instituto Pró-carnívoros and Centro Nacional de Pesquisa para Conservação dos Predadores Naturais (National Research Center for the Conservation of Natural Predators).
We hope to return to the area in the near future. One of the things we would like to learn more about is the project that makes chicken coops more resistant to the maned wolf. By reducing maned wolf predation on chickens the conflict with farmers is reduced and, as a result, people are less likely to kill maned wolves.
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Image below: Jean Pierre Santos from Instituto Pró-carnívoros, Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Image below: Bethanie Walder (left) and Marcello from Canastra 4x4 (right), Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra, Minas Gerais, Brazil.