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[Project name/title]
Ecology of manned sloths (Bradypus torquatus) in agroforestry matriz of the rubber plantations (Hevea spp. - Euphorbiaceae) and Brazilian Atlantic Forest: from individuals to landscape.


[Project description/overview]


Location:
Bahia, Brazil

Project type:
Scientific research

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

Project members:
Rebeca Mascarenhas Fonseca Barreto




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.

[Relevance description]
Aims
The aim is to describe and to identify the forest resources used by manned sloths through the characterization of the habitat in agroforestry matrix of the rubber plantations (Hevea spp. – Euphorbiaceae) in southern Bahia, Brazil.
 
Project summary
Bradypus torquatus (maned sloth) inhabits the Atlantic Forest in southern Bahia, and, like other species, suffers with the deforestation scenario of this bioma.

This endemic species is included in international lists of animals endangered with extinction. Ecological strategy of sloth, which is a strictly arboreal folivore mammal, is directly related to the characteristics of vegetation. Information about herbivore habitat is extremely important to determine small-scale relationships between ecological strategy and vegetative resources. These relationships can, then, be considered on larger scales.

This study provides information about the use of habitat resource for application on a landscape scale, which is important for planning manned sloth (B. torquatus) conservation management practices. The objective is to describe and to identify the forest resources used by manned sloths through the characterization of the habitat in forest remainders and agroforestry matrix of the rubber plantations (Hevea spp. – Euphorbiaceae) in southern Bahia, Brazil.
 
Timescales
Start date: 1st June 2008
Duration: Four years
Project members

Rebeca works on the conservation of maned sloths in Brazil

[Member role description]
Donors
The project is funded by a grant from the PROJETO OURO VERDE – PLANTAÇÕES MICHELIN BAHIA (Brazil).

The project receives logistic support from other institutions: INSTITUTO DE ESTUDOS SÓCIO-AMBIENTAIS DO SUL DA BAHIA (Ilhéus, Brazil) and UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE SANTA CRUZ (Ilhéus, Brazil).
 
[Title:] Maned sloth
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Bradypus torquatus
[Title:] Activities
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Survey
[Title:] Organisation logo
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IESB
[Title:] Project location
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Bahia, Brasil
[Title:] Project location
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Michelin Reserve