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Coming home...

Every year, millions of wild animals are removed from nature by or as a result of human activities. The causes are diverse: deforestation, pollution, attack by domestic animals, being run over, trafficking in wild animals, among others. Many of these animals are sent to the Wild Animal Screening Centers (CETAS), either through seizures by inspection bodies, rescues or voluntary delivery by the population. Due to the high number of animals illegally removed from the wild, CETAS often end up operating at maximum capacity.

After a period of rehabilitation that can vary from a few days to years, some animals present health and behavioral conditions to return to nature. The release of these animals, when carried out under technical criteria, in addition to bringing benefits to the well-being and health of ecosystems, also serves to open space for other animals to be rehabilitated in CETAS.  The process release is provided for by law and is regulated by IN 05/2021 of IBAMA. However, depending on the species, this can be complex and laborious, demanding field logistics that are often beyond the operational capabilities of the CETAS team and inspection bodies. Due to this, some animals end up staying longer than necessary in captivity and lose the opportunity to be released.  In Santa Catarina, the only CETAS in the state is located in Florianópolis and since June 2019 is co-managed by Instituto Espaço Silvestre (IES), in partnership with Instituto do Meio Ambiente (IMA). As in most CETAS in Brazil, CETAS-SC receives thousands of animals a year, many of which can return to nature.

And this is where Silvestres SC comes into play!

With extensive experience in wildlife management, IES set up a task force with the support of partner institutions to, through the Silvestres SC Program, release and monitor wild animals rehabilitated at CETAS-SC throughout the state of Santa Catarina. In this way, the program aims to increase the capacity to receive animals for rehabilitation at CETAS, in addition to contributing to animal welfare and the conservation of native wildlife. In addition to responsible releases, the Program also proposes to reintroduce species that were locally extinct in strategic locations, contributing to the maintenance of healthier ecosystems throughout the state.


The Purple-breasted Parrot Reintroduction Project in the Araucárias National Park/SC is now part of the SC Silvestres Program. Click here to learn more about the design of our "Roxinhos".

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(1) Ensure the destination of fauna with responsible releases for conservation purposes;

(2) Promote the restoration of ecological interactions that have been lost in defaunated forests;


(3) Monitor small, medium and large vertebrates in forest remnants in Santa Catarina;

(4) Create a fundraising network for the cause of wild animals;


(5) Develop technical training, environmental awareness and social communication work.


The loss of biodiversity is one of the greatest challenges that humanity currently has to face. Thousands of species are disappearing every year and at a rapid pace and many others are facing a reduction in the number of individuals in the wild. In the last four decades alone, there has been a loss of approximately 30% of the abundance of terrestrial vertebrate animals, mainly in tropical regions. As a result, forests and other environments are becoming empty of animals, a process known as defaunation, which has numerous consequences for the functioning and maintenance of these environments. When an animal becomes extinct or occurs in very low numbers at a location, there is also a loss of the ecological interactions that the species participates in.

In this context, in addition to population reinforcement through responsible releases, a possible approach that has been increasingly used to reverse the problems caused by defaunation is the reintroduction of species in places within their areas of natural occurrence, but which are locally extinct. (Seddon et al. 2007; IUCN/SSC 2013). 


In this way, in addition to meeting the destination demands of CETAS and rehabilitation institutions, these approaches bring the benefit of animal welfare and allow them to fulfill their biological role in nature, reversing the defaunation process and contributing to the restoration of ecosystems. .



Vanessa Kanaan

General coordinator


Maria Luiza Ramos

Project Assistant


Raiane S. Guidi

Project Assistant


Alini Gunzelli

project assistant

Pássaro voando

Together we can fly higher!

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