Mata Ciliar Association was born in 1987 with the concern for the conservation of waterways in the interior of the state of São Paulo. The objective was to recover degraded areas and riparian forests, developing programs for the production and planting of native seedlings.
In 1997, work on fauna started through the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center and the Center for the Conservation of Neotropical Cats. In all the programs, the association incorporates environmental education as the main tool for change towards a sustainable socio-environmental future.
Fighting for Nature adopts 5 animals currently. The adoption is symbolic, and all of the resources are invested in the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center, through the acquisition of food, veterinary medicines, maintenance and construction of enclosures for all animals.
Pitango is a male ocelot who was born in Mata Ciliar in 2009. His mother, Amora, lived in the association for 17 years. Pitango is one of the 30+ ocelots living in the Mata Ciliar Association and is part of an international conservation program for this species.
The hunt of the ocelot for the commercialization of fur is still a sad reality and one of the biggest challenges faced.
Bailarina is a red macaw that arrived at Mata Ciliar in 2014 with a severe condition of atrophy. As a pet since she was a baby, Bailarina received a completely wrong diet, which compromised the development of her bones and muscles.
Bailarina cannot fly or be in a standing position and currently lives in a large cage in which she can balance. Today she receives all the care and proper nutrition and every day she is getting more beautiful and healthier.
Lobito arrived at Mata Ciliar at just over ten days old and could barely open his eyes. His family was run over by a sugarcane harvester, a monoculture that dominates the interior of the state of São Paulo.
At Mata Ciliar, Lobito had foster mothers who nursed, warmed and cared for him until he was strong enough to join the other wolves. Today he is a healthy animal and has become a symbol of the struggle to preserve his species.
Mayo is a more than special cougar. Despite missing one of its legs, it is an overactive feline that loves to interact with environmental enrichment activities. He arrived very young after being rescued by the Environmental Police in a sugarcane monoculture, the victim of being run over by a harvester.
He can’t go back to nature because he wouldn’t be able to survive without one of his legs, but Mata Ciliar is working day after day so that he can have his deserved quality of life.
Chica and Kerchac make a nice pair of howler monkeys after they were bonded here in Mata Ciliar in early 2021. Each of them had a difficult start in life: Chica was rescued as a cub and Kerchak came from a zoo that closed.
Today they live together and are a hope for the future of a species that has suffered drastic casualties in recent years due to yellow fever outbreaks.
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