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Founded in 1987, the Mata Ciliar Association is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to developing projects for conservation. A primary project, “De Olho no Rio,” (With An Eye On the River) promotes the preservation of more than 300 species as well as promoting environmental education in eighteen cities. With the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, it also serves as a reference facility for the rehabilitation of the fauna. Further, it’s involved in research with the Brazilian Neo-tropical Feline Conservation Center.

Mission: To promote a higher quality of life through the sustainable use of natural resources.

Vision: To demonstrate organizational excellence in participatory management of natural resources, and to serve as a national and international source of information for the conservation of biodiversity in Brazil.

Institutional Principles
• Commitment to biodiversity conservation;
• To act with transparency, reporting our work to society;
• To share expectations and results with the broader public that is also a part of this mission;
• To maintain a solid relationship with those invested in our projects, a relationship built upon the highest degree of ethics;
• To design structured activities based upon a solid technical and scientific foundation, professionalizing each department of the institution;
• To act humanely, emphasizing people’s participation in the fulfillment of our mission.




Wildlife Animals Rehabilitation Center (Centro de Reabilitação de Animais Silvestres – C.R.A.S)

In 1997, the Mata Ciliar Association founded the Rehabilitation Center for Wild Animals, CRAS, in the city of Jundiai, Sao Paulo, in order to rescue and offer medical care and treatment to the local fauna, making its return to wildlife possible.


These animals are rescued not only by the staff members of Mata Ciliar, but also by local firefighters, The Environmental Police, The Civil Guard, and other institutions in fifteen additional cities throughout the region. These animals are usually victims of traffic accidents, wildfires, hunting, or electric shock, just four of many causes, and usually arrive at the center badly injured.


Many of the treated animals cannot be released to their natural environment, either because of physical or mental debilitation, the long period of time living enclosed, or the lack of natural habitat that’s diminishing due to urbanization.





The Mata Ciliar Association is the largest feline conservation center in the country and its mission is to find solutions for the conservation of the species of felines that live in Brazil.

The center is also an international resource center offering guidance to many researchers worldwide, as pertains to feline life in captivity or life in the wild. With the main center located in Jundiai, we keep eight of the ten feline species that exist in Brazil:

fel1Jaguar (Panthera onca)                                             Cougar (Puma concolor)

Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)                                      Margay (Leopardus wiedii)

Jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi)                              Geoffroy’s Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi)

Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus)                                      Pampas Cat (Leopardus colocolo)

The Mata Ciliar Association is the first Latin American institute to succeed in the reproduction of a wild specie with the Embryo Transfer Procedure for In Vitro fertilization. This effort was possible with the partnership of the Center of Endangered Species located in Cincinnati, USA.




The Mata Ciliar Association has three sapling nurseries that produce approximately 200 different species of trees from the Atlantic forest and savannah.

These nurseries are located in Pedreira, Jundiai, and Aguas de Lindoia, with the capacity to produce two-million saplings per year. The production process of a sapling begins with the identification of the mother tree. In this stage, each tree is evaluated taking into consideration its phitosanitation and ecological conditions. After being identified, the mother trees are monitored to determine the ideal period for the extraction of seeds from each species, maximizing the quantity of quality seeds. Some seeds enter a state of slumber as a self defense mechanism to perpetuate the species in nature. The collected seeds presenting this characteristic are treated so they can break the slumber and then be seeded for quicker germination. The regular seeds are planted immediately after they are collected. Depending upon the characteristics of each species and ultimate destination, the saplings are produced in small tubes or plastic bags.

The Mata Ciliar Association uses part of the production for the recovery of degraded areas. Another part is commercialized for the maintenance of projects related to the fauna. Good results were obtained due to the meticulous selection of mother trees, the use of a good quantity of INSUMO , adequate irrigation, and constant monitoring, to avoid common diseases and plagues found in sapling nurseries.





We believe that strategic partnerships with private entities are the key to development of innovative sustainable projects.

Therefore, we offer the “Forest Guardians” project, where the companies become protagonists of social environmental actions, through activities that mobilize people and create effective results for the nature.

Strengthen the brand and create an environmentally responsible image recognized by all. That’s the goal of the “Guardians of Mata Ciliar” and might be a competitive advantage for your company.



The Mata Ciliar Internship Program is focused on the environmental conservation area and directed to students of Biology, Veterinary Medicine, Environmental and Forestry Engineering, technician and other related courses.

Several activities are held in our coordinations:

Fauna Coordination:

• Brazilian Center for the Neotropical Felines Conservation
• CRAS – Wild Animals Rehabilitation Center
• Research projects with wild animals

Flora Coordination:

• Seed Collection Program and Seedling Production
• Reforestation projects

Environmental Education Coordination:

• Monitored visits program

Communication Coordination:

• Institutional Communication
• Press office
• Fundraising

Internship Application Process Required documents:
• A cover letter explaining why you want to participate of our Internship Program;
• Curriculum vitae;
• A statement from the educational institution proving that the student is regularly enrolled and that it refers to a curricular traineeship;

• The traineeship must be curricular;
• Should be signed an agreement of the education institution with the Mata Ciliar Association;
• The internship application must be submitted within three months before the desired date;
• The probationary period must be at least 30 days;
• The Mata Ciliar Association provides accommodations that must be requested during the internship enrollment process.

Further information can be obtained by the e-mail address estagio@mataciliar.org.br.




Want to visit Mata Ciliar Association?

You may schedule a visit on Sunday afternoons. All visits are monitored by our technicians, volunteers, or interns. The appointments are made to fill small groups, and they need to be scheduled in advance.

The visits are free, but donations are very much appreciated! At the moment we are in need of:
• Procedural gloves
• brooms, mops (squeegees), chlorine
• construction material: cement, lime
• tools: pliers, hammer, saw, hoe

We expect your call!



Mata Ciliar Association
Av. Emílio Antonon, nº1000, Chácara Aeroporto – Jundiaí – SP
Zip Code: 13212-010
Phone: (11) 4815-5777