Fazenda Tamanduá Books

The Caatinga, predominant in semi-arid Northeastern Brazil, is a biome that hasn’t been studied in deep. It is often compared to desert. However, that is a misconception. Unlike the rich and green Atlantic forest and Amazon rainforest, with immense biodiversity, it takes curiosity and attention to discover the amazing contrasts between the dry and rainy seasons of Caatinga. The animals and plants of the Caatinga are smaller in number, but diverse and unique. Patient researchers observe those climate variations passionately. Instituto Fazenda Tamanduá, founded in 1977, has been contributing to the region’s knowledge enhancement. Being pioneers in sustainability, we from Fazenda Tamanduá felt the need of understanding better the farm’s environment, so we would be able to assess the impact of our actions in agriculture and cattle raising. It was done through cataloguing the flora and fauna of the region. In 1999, in collaboration with the biologists Rachel Maria de Lyra Neves and Wallace Rodrigues Telino junior, the first catalogue containing 146 species, called “Aves da Fazenda Tamanduá” was published. Following missions through the years had increased the number of catalogued birds. In 2010, we published a new book: “As Aves da Fazenda Tamanduá”, a 143-page catalogue illustrated by the famous artist Tomas Sigrist. In this catalogue, 186 different species were registered. This new survey clearly showed that, since the Fazenda Tamanduá’s biodynamic certification in 2000, the environment preservation has helped the fauna of the region increase.
Under the supervision of the biologist Paulo de Barros Passos Filho, we have decided to go further and create specific chapters for anurans, reptiles, non-flying mammals and, finally, bats. The catalogue in “Fauna Ilustrada da Fazenda Tamanduá” – the 416-page book illustrated by Tomas Sigrist,- presents a unique source of knowledge about the Caatinga.
Due to climate change, the knowledge of this biome, whose fauna and flora are resistant to constant droughts, provides us a unique opportunity to foresee what most of wildlife in the world will likely be in less than a century. It is high time people acquired some knowledge about the Brazilian Northeast semi-arid region, so they prepare themselves for changes that might occur in a relatively short period of time. Fazenda Tamanduá has made this commitment!

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