Brazil Partnering Award: Welfare and health assessment of managed neotropical mammals in Brazil: developing strategies for sustainable food production

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Clinical Veterinary Science


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Description Research by the partners is ongoing and, after an initial workshop in Bristol in May 2018, plus a visit from 3 Brazilian researchers to Bristol Vet School, studies are underway in Brazil to investigate the potential for using neotropical animals usually considered as pests in South America as sources of protein which do not require deforestation to clear grazing land as is the case for cattle. Two small grants, a research studentship, and a research fellowship have been funded to our partners at Universidade Estadual Santa Cruz (Ilheus, Bahia) to start collaborative work in this area. Studies aimed at decreasing road-traffic accidents with neotropical mammals are also underway at University of Sao Paulo. The Bristol team are in contact with Brazilian collaborators to discuss ongoing work, preparation of papers, and potential future areas of collaboration. A Bristol PhD student is now in Brazil at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, collecting data on a related project investigating training primates for successful reintroduction to the wild. The plan is that she will visit our collaborators at the end of her field season.
Exploitation Route Too early to say
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

Description INCT Project Grant
Amount $4,000 (USD)
Organisation National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) 
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Description Collaboration on welfare of capuchin monkeys to be reintroduced to the wild 
Organisation Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Norte
PI Contribution We have teamed up with Dr Renata Ferreira at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte to develop a collaboration involving PhD student secondment to study the welfare during rehabilitation of capcuchin monkeys in preparation for reintroduction to the wild. Our Bristol PhD student (GH) will make 2 (c. 6-month) field trips to collect data in Brazil. During this time, the plan is that she also visits our main partners on this grant at University fo Sao Paulo and Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is allowing us access to their animals and field sites and will also be covering the costs of physiological data collection for the project.
Impact No outputs yet
Start Year 2018