Hope for the Red-knobbed Curassow

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The is an from . Once inhabiting the , it is very hard to find nowadays. Its population is decreasing due to hunting and . Some of them can still be found in the preservation units of Espirito Santo. Leonardo Merçon found a whole group of Red-knobbed Curassows nearby the Biological Reserve of , at the ecological farm Fazenda Cupido e Refúgio.

The Red-knobbed Curassow is an endangered species in Brazil. Photo by Leonardo Merçon.

He was after the bird during one of his expeditions to the reserve. While walking the farm the rustling of leaves under the trees of a cocoa plantation gave them away. A family of six or seven birds. They have found their place living in peace amongst humans. They are welcome guests at the farm.

But to be honest, they are the real native inhabitants of the Atlantic Forest, because they have been there before humans claimed their land. It might not be too late for our endangered species if we set examples and live our lives in .

TheRed-knobbed Curassow in the picture is a female showing her beautiful white-dotted comb.As suggested by its common name, the male has a largely red bill, but this is lacking in the female.

If you would like to learn more about Leonardo’s , please visit Últimos Refúgios and like the Últimos Refúgios Fanpage on Facebook.

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Leonardo Merçon

My name is Leonardo Merçon. I am a nature photographer from Brazil implementing projects in several areas related to environmental awareness and the documentary recording of Brazil's natural resources. Ever since I can imagine I wanted to be a nature photographer supporting environmental awareness.

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Leonardo Merçon

My name is Leonardo Merçon. I am a nature photographer from Brazil implementing projects in several areas related to environmental awareness and the documentary recording of Brazil's natural resources. Ever since I can imagine I wanted to be a nature photographer supporting environmental awareness.In 2011 I officially found the Últimos Refúgios Institute, a non-profit organization that aims to sensitize society about the existence and the urgent need for preservation of preservation units in Brazil. The Institute provides records of the Atlantic Forest preservation units and promotes environmental awareness. The results of my work are published in photographic books and documentaries, which are distributed free at schools and libraries, as well as through activities of environmental awareness rising at local pre-schools. I am constantly developing new techniques in order to photograph wild animals in their natural habitat.

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Craig Cudworth
Craig Cudworth

I hope that the fragments of Brazilian mato atlantico can be saved they harbour many species some only found there.