Baby, a rescued peccary at the Ecótono Institute in Brazil, is bottle-fed.

Animal updates from the Ecótono Institute in Brazil


After the devastating wildfires during Brazil's dry season, here is a quick update from Ecótono Institute who are committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned animals.

Baby – collared peccary

Baby is growing healthy. Her diet consists of fruit, vegetables and greens. She is still suckling and is developing very well. She has started to distance herself from human contact and runs away at the sight of anyone approaching, showing she is not as dependent on humans anymore. Her vocalisations have also decreased.

Baby is almost at the stage of weaning, but the process has not started yet because she will be moved to another enclosure soon. It has been decided she will start the process of weaning after the change of enclosure. 

Baby, a rescued peccary at the Ecótono Institute in Brazil.

Xamã – jaguar

Xamã is enjoying exploring his new wild enclosure and has been sighted on camera with soaked fur, showing he has been using the dam a lot. He is gaining weight and is eating the food which is placed in his feeding area.

Xamã, a rescued jaguar and victim if the wildfires in Brazil, is pictured in a transportation cage to his new wild enclosure.

Cigarra – white-cheeked spider monkey

Cigarra was delivered to the sector in February 2023 after being found alone. Blood count and blood biochemical tests were done on her which showed her to be healthy. She is currently being kept at the veterinary hospital until she is fit to go to an enclosure.

Since her arrival at the hospital, she has been distant with humans but has sometimes sought human contact from those who enter her enclosure. She is very curious and observes the handling of other animals within the hospital. She sometimes cries when her enclosure is approached. During handling, she tries to harass the attendants.

Cigarra is eating a lot and becoming very greedy. She likes to eat fruit, especially bananas! She is becoming smarter and enjoys hanging on the ropes that are placed in the enclosure. She likes to watch what is going on around her enclosure.

Cupim – white-cheeked spider monkey

Cupim is quiet and not used to people. He hides when anyone enters his enclosure and does not make a noise. He is currently suckling with milk and eating fruit twice a day.

Abelha – spider monkey

Abelha was found paralysed as a baby. She was unable to move her limbs and could only move her eyes and mouth. It is suspected that the cause of paralysis was intoxication by something she had ingested.

Approximately 1 month after going through treatment and being fed by tube, she began to move again and fully recovered her movement. She is now healthy and likes to eat fruit, especially bananas.

Abelha is currently being given little food, to encourage her to search for her own food.

She has responded well to stimuli in her new environment and has a good coexistence with another spider monkey who lives with her in the enclosure. She likes to watch what is happening around her enclosure and has even tried to escape during the cleaning of her enclosure. Abelha does not like to be close to humans, preferring to stay in the trees and only approaches to feed.

Tico and Teco – blue and gold macaws

Tico and Teco were moved to a larger enclosure together with a few other baby macaws. They are healthy and like to feed on fruit, seeds and parrot food twice a day. Tico is very vocal and likes to fly from one place to the other inside his enclosure.

Tico and Teco, a pair of golden blue macaws affected by the Brazil wildfires, are in rehabilitation at the Ecótono Institute in Brazil.

Amarela, Azul, Allison and Richarlison – blue and gold macaws

Amerela, Azul, Allison and Richarlison the baby macaws, were found close to their nests in an urban area. It is believed they had fallen from their nests and were taken to the clinic by the firefighters who had found them. Due to the fires, many macaws have had to flee and migrate to the city, nesting in hollow trees and in nests that are also being monitored now. All the macaws are doing well and are being prepared for release.

A special thanks to Ecótono Institute for this project in rehabilitating and releasing orphaned animals back into the wild. 

Your contribution has helped provide them with the necessary care and support they need to recover and explore their natural behaviors, which will be crucial for their survival after release. Thanks to your generosity, these animals now have a second chance at life in their natural habitat.

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