Caught On Wildlife Camera!

Elephant Sanctuary Brazil is located within the Cerrado Biome – the second largest in the country. The flora and fauna of the region are spectacular, and we have been interested in learning more about the native species since we first began building here. The cerrado is reported to be home to nearly 70 species of mammals, over 800 species of birds, and about 120 species of reptiles. 

One of our caregivers, Gabi, installed two new wildlife cameras a few weeks ago, so that we can keep an eye on the wild animal life in sanctuary and potentially catch a glimpse of animals we’ve suspected of living nearby, yet never seen. It is important for us to know what animals may be visiting the property when we aren’t around, but we are also curious about all of our non-human neighbors. 

The land here had been privately owned and was utilized for cattle farming for many years before our arrival, but the surrounding area is also home to the native species who have lived in the area for lifetimes. Because the space was a cattle farm before the sanctuary was established, we initially had infrequent wildlife sightings. Once the land began to return to a more natural state, we have noticed a significant increase in wildlife returning to the area – beginning with the native birds, followed by other mammals. 

We know there are monkeys, anteaters, foxes, and dozens of kinds of birds around each day. Recently we captured some nighttime video of tapirs – which is no surprise – and we’ve now filmed a fox and an ocelot as well. We noticed ocelot tracks nearby beginning a few years ago, but have never actually seen one. It was incredibly exciting to capture one on camera because they are absolutely gorgeous, but also very elusive. 

Ocelots are small, so they don’t pose a threat to the elephants, but we do keep a close eye on the chickens and other small animals near the house, just in case. With any luck, we will have more wildlife videos to share in the future. 


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    Cintia Abney says

    Love it!!
    Is the tapir in the video one of our fellow?

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      Kat Blais says

      nope, he is wild.

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    Deb says

    Sounds like a piece of HEAVEN to me!
    I’m curious, are you concerned about poisonous snakes biting the elephants?

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      Kat Blais says

      not really, we had more poisonous and aggressive snakes in Tennessee. the skin on their feet is generally too thick for most fangs and snakes usually avoid the big vibrations coming their way.

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    John says

    Elephants and ocelots – oh my!

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    Marcia says

    Wow. Spectacular!

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    Katie Howard says

    How exciting!!!

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    Wim says

    Quite impressed by your nightly visitors. Wonderful when the circle of life is turned on again.

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    Debbie Sides says

    That is amazing! I can only imagine what it’s like to live there surrounded by all that beauty. Paradise!

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    Carey says

    Not many have the luck to catch a beautiful ocelot , so so lucky.! if you are re-wilding the land you will surely offer increasingly more to encourage the eco system there before … it’s exciting on so many levels. Great to see that development Kat 👏🏼 Please do tell us what you do with all the ladies “manure” !

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      Kat Blais says

      we compost most of it, but the wildlife picks through much of it before we can get to it. because of the poor digestion of the species, elephant dung always has ‘leftovers’ in it, that other animals are more than happy to help themselves to.

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    Angie Gibson says

    An ocelot! Beautiful and elusive like the snow leopard 😍 I do hope they do not pose any threat to the tapirs—love those stout little guys❤️ Never a dull moment out in nature🌿🌴🌺🌿🌳🌼🌿

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      Kat Blais says

      nope, the tapirs are much bigger than they are.

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    Terry says

    So awesome!!! What a gift!

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    elaine richard says

    So not only are you giving refuge to the elephants but you’re also restoring the land to its healthy former self, rich, as you say (and we get to see, thanks to the new cameras), in wonderful indigenous creatures. Brilliant.

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