Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Natalie Olifiers, Universidade Veiga de Almeida
Cecília Bueno, Universidade Veiga de Almeida
Beatriz Elvas, Universidade Veiga de Almeida
Wild Vertebrate Study Center NEVS

Southwest of the city of Rio de Janeiro lies the 155-hectare Marapendi Park, its terrain covered in mangroves and restinga vegetation. A nature corridor connects it to Chico Mendes Park, 1.6 km away. However, it has long been unclear whether mammals such as the locally endangered paca, a large rodent, actually use this corridor. Now, with the help of camera traps, it has been possible to prove that the animals often move back and forth between the two nature reserves.