Panthera Brasil

Wild Cat Species

— Jaguar

— Puma

— Margay

— Ocelot

— Oncilla

— Pampas Cat

— Geoffroy’s Cat

— Jaguarundi

Priority Landscapes

— Northern Pantanal (Jofre Velho Ranch, Alan Rabinowitz Research Center and Fazenda São Bento)
— Southern Pantanal (Collaborators: Fazenda San Francisco and Refugio Ecológico Caiman/Onçafari)

— Southern Amazon in Juruena region (Sao Marcelo Cattle Ranch, Juruena, MT)

Panthera Brasil focuses on four pillars:

  • Long-term research with neotropical cats;
  • Development of actions to mitigate human-cat conflict;
  • Education and social support for Pantanal riverside communities; and
  • Monitoring and development of best practices for jaguar-oriented tourism in the Pantanal. 

Panthera has worked in the Pantanal for more than 12 years and in the southern portion of the Amazon Rainforest for the last three years. We have partnerships with several non-governmental organizations and a close relationship with governmental environmental institutions. Panthera is a member of the council of protected areas near the state and national parks in which we operate as well as the Regional Council of the Pantanal Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO site.

Panthera participates directly in the Action Plans for Conservation of Brazilian wild cats, which are led by federal agency CENAP-ICMBio. Panthera Brasil also partners with private cattle ranchers and tourism operators. This permanent dialogue makes possible important advances in local jaguar conservation.

Panthera Brasil manages Fazenda Jofre Velho, one of the most important research bases in the Pantanal. During its 15 years operating in Brasil, Panther has produced dozens of scientific publications, book chapters and full-length books. Panthera has an esteemed scientific reputation in Brasil and is recognized for providing practical, scalable actions for jaguar conservation and jaguar-cattle conflict resolution.

Non-Government Partners

  • Onçafari & Refugio Ecológico Caiman
  • Fazenda San Francisco
  • Instituto Homem Pantaneiro
  • Jaguar ID Project
  • Giant Otter Project
  • Aecopan-Associação Civil do Ecoturismo do Pantanal Norte
  • Ecotrópica

 Government Partners

  • CENAP-ICMBio (National Predator Center of the Ministry of the Environment)
  • Secretaria Estadual de Meio Ambiente — SEMA, MT
  • Secretaria Estadual de Turismo — SEDTUR, MT
  • Regional Council of the Pantanal Biosphere Reserve
  • PMA — Policia Militar Ambiental (Environmental Military Police)
  • GEFRON Grupo Especial de Fronteiras (Frontier Guarding Military Police)
  • Corpo de Bombeiros MT e MS (Military Firefighters Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul States)

Private Partners

  • Belgo Bekaert
  • Datamars
  • Agropecuária Jacarezinho
Jaguar in Brazil
Portrait of a jaguar in the Brasil Pantanal
©Sergio Pitamitz/National Geographic Image Collection National Geographic Creative

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Panthera Brasil Blogs

Jaguar and caiman
Wild Cats 101: Why Jaguars Hunt Caimans
Jaguar going into water
How a Female Jaguar in Brazil May Help the Species Survive
Where Do Ocelots Sleep in the Northern Pantanal?


Rafael Hoogesteijn, M.V., M.Sc.

Director, Jaguar Conflict Program, Panthera
General Manager, Panthera Brasil and Fazenda Jofre Velho

Fernando R. Tortato, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Biologist, Conservation Scientist, Jaguar Program, CS

Raissa S. Alves

Biologist, Field Technician, Ocelot Project

Joares A. May

Junior Veterinarian, Jaguar Program

Elizeu Evangelista da Silva

Jofre Velho Ranch Manager

Suelen Cristina Macedo Leite

Assistant in Administration and Tourism Activities

Eledilson Nunes de Souza

Tractor Driver, Cowboy, and General Ranch Work

Yasmim Cristina de Arruda

Main Cook

Suliana Apoitia

Teacher, Ranch School

Manoel Benedito Alves do Carmo

General Ranch Work and Maintenance

Sebastião da Silva

Contracted Cowboy and General Ranch Work