When you visit Araras Lodge you are actively participating in our Environmental Preservation programs.
Did you know that in 1993 there were 27 Hyacinth Macaws (hyacinthine macaw) living inside the Araras Eco Lodge borders and its neighboring areas? Today, there are 70 of them!
This mark was reached through nest monitoring, inhibiting the capture of chicks for commercial purposes, and educating the locals regarding a more protective attitude towards the fauna.
And we also distribute artificial nests; we are systematically planting the manduvis, an indigenous tree where more than 87% of the macaw's nests were found. With the continuous occupation and the splitting of the large ranches in the Pantanal, these trees are being cut down and have diminished sensibly for they are used to make salt trugs, besides the fact that they burn easily because of their soft consistency. We are also recuperating large areas with the palm acuri, which produces a nut that is these birds' principal source of food.
On the Araras
The best confirmation of our success on the work concerning the “ANADORHYNCHUS HYACINTHINUS” is that after eight years of distributing artificial nests for the macaws, in September 2002, one of the nests placed at the top of a “Tarumeira” tree, just outside one of our apartments, was disputed by three young couples of “hyacinthus”, indicating the expansion and vitality of this species, that finds in our protection area plenty of food, as well as water and nests. We expect to meet their chicks in November.
Protecting the Fauna and Flora around the area of Rio Clarinho (Clearwater River)
We've been dedicated to preserve Rio Clarinho inhibiting the deforestation on its banks and the use of motorboats that destroy its shores and therefore silt the river. Our excursions into this river are always on “Canadian Canoes”.
Did you know that for 12 years the Giant River Otter is in the list of Endangered Species? - In 1993 we had eventual news of their presence around the Araras Eco Lodge neighboring areas. - Today we have 2 groups; the first with 8 individuals and a second one composed by 5 individuals is also sharing the river with the first one.
We bought an area 7 Kilometers distant from the lodge, at the very beginning of the river, which became an RPPN (Private Reserve of the Natural Patrimony), where we started an intensive work of surveillance, education, distribution of signs and a tight control along the river’s 40 Kilometers, visiting the ranchers and inviting them to participate in our efforts to protect these beautiful and rare animals, almost completely destroyed because of the value of their furs.
On the otters
Its number has grown so much in the past eight year that nowadays the probability of encountering one of this during one of our boat trips is around three encounters to every five visits! A Wonderful result, that counts with the worthiness and participation of all the properties owners along “Clarinho” river.
New environmental program
Creation of bees
Traditionally the barren honey of Pantanal is found in hollows in the trees, demanding for its extraction, the use of smoke and axes. This practice leads to tree mutilation and killing of young bees and their queen besides been the responsible for many fires in the lowlands of Pantana.
Garbage and effluents treatment
All human presence as well as facilities brings a great deal of impact in the environment; however there are many ways of minimizing the impacts, such as recycling and the proper treatment of the garbage and effluents produced.