Jaguar Breeding Ground

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At the Jaguar Breeding Ground you will help with the preservation of endangered Brazilian species. The project places great emphasis on research to improve and develop techniques for animals in captivity and to document all aspects of farming. The purpose is to preserve endangered wild populations for future programs of restoration. The project hosts more than a thousand different animals and species, ranging from jaguar and capybara to parrots and toucans.

It is estimated that there are now only around 15,000 jaguars left in the wild and conservation is centering on the establishment of protected national park areas which may serve to reduce the decline of the jaguars’ natural habitat.T


Project fee from EUR 1,280

Your Role as a Volunteer

Volunteers will be able to treat and take care of the animals, getting closer to the wildlife and preserving nature. There is also an area of replanting endangered plant species, to ensure the future of our planet.

During your participation to the project,you will take part in the following activities:

  • Help in the preparation of the food for the animals;
  • Help with the animals’ recovery treatments;
  • Help in the cleaning of the enclosures;
  • Follow the routine life of the animals under the supervision skilled professionals;
  • Help grow plants and fruits in the greenhouse that are used to feed the animals;

* The activities carried out by Eco-volunteers does not mean that they are necessarily constant or daily. Diversity, repetitiveness, intensity and work routine will be defined and directed to the Eco-volunteer as the Jaguar Breeding Project demands, associated with the decision of the Technical Team

The Project’s Mission

he project is there to preserve the amazing biodiversity of Brazil, to work towards sustainable exploitation of its natural resources and to promote conservation of endangered species.

All the animals at the Breeding ground get there through IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources). It’s a government institution which takes care of the natural areas in Brazil.

Every time they find animals on traffic of species, hurt animals at roads, or wild animals which are kept in captivity illegally, they send it to rescue centers such as the one we cooperate in Florianópolis.
If possible the animals are released back in nature. But it depends on their ability to hunt and also the possibility to release them on their natural habitat.
When they cannot release those animals in nature, they send it to breeding grounds for Conservationist breeding grounds. This projects advocates or act for the protection and preservation of the wildlife.

How do I book a trip?

You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on +44 (0)800 014 88 89 or by booking through our website under “Book a trip”. After you place your registration, we will send you an invoice for a registration fee of £200. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price; in other words the amount will be deducted from the final amount. When you have paid your registration fee you are formally booked. You will receive preparatory information from us in an ample time before your trip.

Your Everyday Life

Accommodation and Food

You will, during your volunteering, stay at the project. The Jaguar Breeder has its own lodge for volunteers. It also has a kitchen. You will eat at the lodge every day and the project will support you with food. The project cannot provide special food for vegetarians. You are most welcome to prepare your own food if you would like too.

About Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in South America, both when it comes to surface and population. There are many and vast natural resources and it has one of the best economies on the continent. Independence from Portugal was already approved in 1825, but Portuguese is still the official language. Brazilians are life-affirming, passionate and casual but there is a vast contrast between the rich and the poor and there are many people living under the harsh conditions. You will get the opportunity to learn about this diverse country in depth and make a difference for some of the people living there when you are working as a volunteer.

We offer a variety of volunteer programs in Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and in north-eastern Brazil. On all projects we work closely with experienced local operators.

Practical Information


You should book your flight ticket so that you arrive at Curitiba on a Monday before 3.30 p.m, the same day as project’s start. You will be picked up at the airport and spend the first night in Curitiba before our partner will give you a ride to the project.


It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.


You are responsible for your own insurance which should cover you for illness, injury and theft while working as a volunteer. Majority of travel agencies sell travel insurance which you can buy as a supplement to your home insurance. Included in your tour price is a liability insurance, which Volunteer Travels provides in case you unintentionally injure someone or damage someone else’s property while volunteering.


You should contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations. They will advise you on which vaccinations are necessary to have when travelling to Brazil Circumstances can change quickly, but it is always you, who makes the final decision about which vaccinations to get. Vaccinating against Hepatitis A and B is recommended always when travelling abroad.

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