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Fundação Ecológica Cristalino

Brazil, Latin America
  • Ecotourism
  • Protected Area Management
  • Endangered Species
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About Fundação Ecológica Cristalino

Fundação Ecológica Cristalino is a non-profit organization that leads biodiversity conservation activities and projects in the region of Alta Floresta in the State of Mato Grosso, Amazon, Brazil.  They manage the Private Natural Heritage Reserves, which covers a total area of 17,297 acres, help in the management and conservation of other areas in Brazil, covering an additional 10,081 acres.  Fundação Ecológica Cristalino has three main areas of focus: scientific research, conservation of rainforests and protected areas, and environmental education projects. 

Their Challenges

The project is located in the southern Brazilian Amazon, in the municipalities of Alta Floresta, Carlinda, Novo Mundo and Paranaíta.  It is a region that was colonized 45 years ago, and during this process it suffered many environmental impacts, from gold prospecting to deforestation for cattle ranching.  Currently, soy plantations are increasing, leading to increased deforestation and habitat fragmentation.  The region still has rich biodiversity, but it is threatened by the advancing agricultural frontier the deforestation arc.  There are over 600 registered species of birds (25 endangered), 100 species of reptiles and amphibians (2 endangered), 1,400 plant species (3 endangered), 1,500 butterfly species, 900 fungus species and 50 species of mammals (14 endangered), including the Groves' titi monkey, which is critically endangered.

Their Approach

Fundação Ecológica Cristalino leads several biodiversity conservation projects, which include:

  1. Looking for Jaguar: Estimating and monitoring the size of the jaguar population and of other terrestrial mammals, in order to learn about their habits and protect this group, which is threatened by hunters
  2. Monitoring Biodiversity: Contributing to the conservation of the Southern Amazon, through the monitoring of birds, large mammals, butterflies and woody plants
  3. A Day in the Forest: An environmental education project that has been running since 2008, involving school children aged 8 to 10 in activities such as hiking, observation of fauna and flora, and wildlife-inspired art, all in the midst of the Amazon Forest.
  4. Groves' titi monkey: Developing a conservation plan for the Groves’ titi monkey, a recently discovered species of Critically Endangered primate that is one of the 25 most endangered monkey species in the world.

Why They Need Your Help

With help from donors, Fundação Ecológica Cristalino can increase their impact in the region of Alta Floresta and invest in new projects which are fundamental to the conservation of the Southern Amazon region.  Your support is critical for the conservation of several highly endangered species, including the Groves' titi monkey.

Conservation Allies charges no overhead fees or administration costs, meaning 100% of your donation goes directly to Fundação Ecológica Cristalino.  All donations made from the United States are fully tax-deductible.