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MAMÍFEROS E AVES COMO INSTRUMENTOS DE EDUCAÇÃO E CONSERVAÇÃO AMBIENTAL EM CORREDORES DE BIODIVERSIDADE DO CERRADO, BRASIL

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Author(s): Maristela Benites | Simone B. Mamede

Journal: Mastozoología Neotropical
ISSN 0327-9383

Volume: 15;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 261;
Date: 2008;
Original page

ABSTRACT
This work intends to respond to one of the proposals suggested in the sustainable participative planning of environmental education of the Municípios do Corredor de Biodiversidade Emas-Taquari, project that is integrated to the Biodiversity Corridor Cerrado-Pantanal. This biodiversity Corridor Emas-Taquari, located in the Cerrado region, comprises 8 townships and its nuclei areas are both the Parque Nacional das Emas and the Parque Estadual das Nascentes do Rio Taquari. The community represented in the planning requested a training course and orientation about mammals and birds present in the region. That was how the biodiversity watcher groups (Grupos de Observação de Biodiversidade, GOB) were created with the following objectives: to help the community to know, to recognize and to valorize the mammal and bird species that are present in their region, turning them into conservation tools for environmental education; to associate researches, geoprocessment informations and environmental education; to encourage the regional ecotourism; and to permit the community to feel part of the local biodiversity. Thirty-one people were trained in Serranópolis and Mineiros townships, located in the Cerrado region. They found 32 mammal species and many birds. Some mammals observed are endangered species present in official lists (e.g., Myrmecophaga tridactyla, Panthera onca, Puma concolor, Chrysocyon brachyurus, and others). The wild animals that were watched represent the local biodiversity, which contributes to environmental education and to conservation, and enhances the potential for the regional ecotourism.
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