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[Project name/title]
Exploration of sexual differences in ranging patterns, dispersion dynamics and mating system of the maned three-toed sloth


[Project description/overview]


Location:
Atlantic Coastal Forest, Brazil

Project type:
Conservation

Relevant EDGE species:
Maned Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus torquatus)

Project members:
Adriano Chiarello




Relevant species
61. Maned Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus torquatus) EN

The green algae that live in the fur of sloths provide them with excellent camouflage.

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Aims
To explore sexual differences in ranging patterns, dispersion dynamics and mating system of maned three-toed sloths.
 
Project summary
The maned sloth is endemic of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and endangered with extinction due to deforestation and population isolation. Although advancing, information available on the species is still incomplete for a detailed understanding of its ecology. Our project is being developed in the montane region of Espirito Santo state in south-eastern Brazil, one of the main strongholds of the species. The main objective is to explore sexual differences in ranging patterns, dispersion dynamics and mating system of this species. For this we plan to use two complimentary tools: the GPS-based radio telemetry for a detailed mapping of home range, and the use of molecular markers to determine kinship and level of philopatry between sexes. These aspects are fundamental for elucidation of the real conservation status of maned sloths as well as for elaboration of on-the-ground conservation strategies such as reintroductions and translocations.
 
Project members
Mr Adriano Chiarello : Project co-ordinator

Adriano is a sloth expert working to conserve sloths in Brazil

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Donors
The project is funded by a grant from the PROGRAMA DE ESPECIES AMEAÇADAS, FUNDACAO BIODIVERSITAS (Brazil).
The project receives logistic support from other institutions: VALOR NATURAL (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDADE CATOLICA DE MINAS GERAIS (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), MUSEU DE BIOLOGIA MELLO LEITAO (Santa Teresa, Brazil) and INSTITUTO DE PESQUISAS DA MATA ATLANTICA (Vitoria, Brazil).
 
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Mother and baby maned three-toed sloth
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Forest study site
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Collecting samples from sloths in the field