Since 1996, the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecologicas has conducted a project about the conservation of the terrestrial tapir in different areas of Brazil, called the Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative.
Tapirs are threatened by poaching, road collisions and contamination by pesticides used in intensive agriculture.
IPE is fighting these threats by raising awareness among populations about the need to protect Brazilian ecosystems and the Tapir. An education program is implemented in schools, but also with farmers and landowners. The association uses this species as an ambassador for biodiversity conservation in Brazil by promoting habitat protection, environmental education and sustainable tourism.
IPE aims to build and maintain the largest database on the species in South America through a large-scale scientific study on the social and territorial behavior of different tapir populations. In particular, the viability of the different populations is analyzed by studying their genetic characteristics, their conservation status, the use of their habitat and their risk of extinction.
We support IPE in their initiative to promote the conservation of tapirs and their habitat. Our support helps fund the purchase of GPS collars, the installation of camera traps and the dissemination of their education program to schools, farmers and landowners. The GPS collars will help us understand how tapirs survive in urban environments with high human populations and what are the threats they face. The information gathered is intended to establish research and conservation programs for tapirs in all key ecosystems in Brazil.