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Eco-tourism in the Pantanal.

The Onafari project is a non-profit conservation initiative in the Brazilian Pantanal. Their aim is to conserve South America's top apex predator, the Jaguar, through sustainable eco-tourism.

Jaguars are shy creatures and for their conservation to be a success they must lose some of their fear of humans. Oncafari uses methods first pioneered with leopards in South Africa, making for a world first in the habituation of Jaguars.

It is worth making an important distinction. Habituating an animal is very different from domesticating it. When a Jaguar is habituated it stops perceiving vehicles as a threat and acts normally in our presence. It still remains a completely wild animal.

Project Oncafari's attempts to re-wild two orphaned jaguar cubs was the subject of a BBC Two Documentary, Jaguars: Brazil's Super Cats.

Project Oncafari has been a roaring success, in 2016 95% of visitors saw a jaguar between July and October. In 2017 that figure was nearly 100%! Jaguar are wild animals so it can not be guaranteed that guests will see one during their stay, but the odds are certainly highest at Caiman.

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