Biodiversity Conservation

Wildlife monitoring results attest to the excellent environmental quality of CENIBRA’s lands

CENIBRA carries out a number of actions to monitor environmental parameters to be used as quality indicators and assess its operating activities.

Water, soil, vegetation, and wildlife monitoring programs are conducted in partnership with universities and non-governmental organizations. Their results are taken into consideration when planning the company’s operating activities and establishing protection and conservation strategies for its natural heritage, which comprises in excess of 103,000 hectares of native forests. This area is home to a richly diverse wildlife and numerous water bodies and streams.

Studies to orient wildlife monitoring on CENIBRA’s lands were conducted in 2003 and 2004. As of 2005, such preliminary studies were followed by systemic monitoring with the objective of characterizing the bird and mammalian wildlife on the company’s properties.

Surveys were carried out through field sampling covering CENIBRA’s five operating regions deemed the most representative: Belo Oriente, Ipaba, Cocais, Santa Bárbara, and Sabinópolis.

To date, 371 bird and 41 medium and large mammalian species have been identified within CENIBRA’s properties, out of which 25 bird and 12 mammalian species are officially listed as threatened species. Moreover, such studies showed that most species live in forests, which attests to the high environmental quality of the company’s areas.

The study results also highlight the importance of eucalyptus plantations for biodiversity maintenance. In addition to positive aspects with respect to water and soil conservation, eucalyptus plantations work as wildlife corridors between the region’s native vegetation remnants and allow interaction among different animal species.

As recognition for working in line with the highest international standards of excellence, CENIBRA has been certified to standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO IEC 17.025. It is also certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and CERFLOR/PEFC (Brazilian Forest Certification Program). FSC (in the international scenario) and CERFLOR (in Brazil) are independent organizations whose members are representatives from social, environmental, and economic sectors and establish sustainable forest stewardship principles and criteria.

Check out the bird and medium and large mammalian species in danger of extinction, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and worldwide, that can be found within CENIBRA properties.


Birds in danger of extinction
Tinamus solitarius Tinamou
Crypturellus noctivagus Yellow-legged tinamou
Aburria jacutinga Black-fronted piping guan
Crax blumenbachii Red-billed curassow
Odontophorus capueira Spot-winged wood-quail
Pseudastur polionotus Mantled hawk
Urubitinga coronata Crowned eagle
Spizaetus ornatus Ornate Hawk-Eagle
Spizaetus tyrannus Black hawk-eagle
Jacamaralcyon tridactyla Three-toed Jacamar
Malacoptila striata Crescent-chested puffbird
Pteroglossus bailloni Saffron toucanet
Primolius maracana Blue-winged macaw
Aratinga auricapillus Golden-capped Parakeet
Amazona farinosa Mealy Amazon
Amazona vinacea Vinaceous Amazon
Drymophila ochropyga Ochre-rumped antbird
Eleoscystalopus indigoticus White-breasted tapaculo
Phibalura flavirostris Swallow-tailed cotinga
Lipaugus lanioides Cinnamon-vented piha
Pyroderus scutatus Red-ruffed fruitcrow
Sporophila frontalis Buffy-fronted seedeater
Sporophila angolensis Chestnut-bellied seed-finch
Amaurospiza moesta Blackish-blue seedeater
Cyanoloxia brisonii Ultramarine grosbeak
Mammals in danger of extinction
Callithrix flaviceps Buffy-headed marmoset
Alouatta guariba clamitans Brown howling monkey
Chrysocyon brachyurus Maned wolf
Lontra longicaudis Otter
Leopardus pardalis Ocelot
Leopardus tigrinus Tiger cat
Leopardus wiedii Margay
Panthera onca Jaguar
Puma concolor Cougar
Puma yagouaroundi Jaguarundi or eyra cat
Tapirus terrestris South American tapir
Pecari tajacu Collared peccary

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