The Institute for Wildlife Conservation (ICAS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of two emblematic species of Brazil: the giant armadillo and the giant anteater since 2010.
The giant armadillo and the giant anteater are the largest species of armadillo and anteater in the world. Unfortunately, their population is classified as endangered in Brazil due to the destruction of their natural habitat.
To protect these species, the association is conducting several field projects in Brazil. A long-term scientific study is being conducted to monitor the populations and learn more about their density and movements. ICAS also assists beekeepers to become certified as having sustainable practices that respect both the environment and the armadillo, which is, as an insectivore, often the victim of their reprisals.
After many devastating fires in the Brazilian Pantanal region, ICAS invested its resources in the fight against fires, creating a fire brigade. They patrol the areas at risk and prevent fires from starting.
For several years, we have supported the Giant Armadillo Project – Tatu Canastra, dedicated to the conservation of the giant armadillo. In order to protect this species, which is essential to its ecosystem, many projects have been set up. Our financial aid contributes to the purchase of equipment to monitor giant armadillos and to the financing of the salaries of the teams of veterinarians and biologists who work in the field.
We support a second ICAS project: Anteaters & Highways dedicated to the protection of the giant anteater. The goal of this project is to establish a long-term study of the anteater, for which we are providing financial support for the purchase of GPS harnesses to understand and quantify the impacts of roads on giant anteater densities.