Protect biodiverse Atlantic Forest in Brazil’s Serra Bonita Mountain Range


Expand Protection for the Serra Bonita Mountains

Our conservation partners Instituto Uiraçu, have been working to conserve the natural integrity of the Serra Bonita Mountain Range through the creation of the 8,468- acre Serra Bonita Reserve Complex (SBRC). And now, as pressures continue to disrupt the natural land, our two organizations are teaming up again to expand the reserve by 750 acres of montane forest, hills and valleys, further bolstering protection to the region. If this land is not secured immediately, it is likely to be sold for continued agricultural development.

Despite it’s critical importance to Brazil’s biodiversity, years of logging and agricultural expansion have degraded the forest of the Serra Bonita mountains significantly. The remaining habitat still faces grave danger from deforestation for further land conversion, and primate and bird species are also frequently poached for the pet trade threatening them with extinction.

Key Stats

Serra Bonita


Banded Cotinga (CR), Buff-headed Capuchin (CR), Natterer’s Longwing (CR), Buff-throated Purpletuft (EN), Golden-headed Lion Tamarin (EN)

(CR)=Critically Endangered; (EN)=Endangered

Acres Conserved by:

Instituto Uiraçu / Rainforest Trust

Project Carbon Storage:
99,467 mT*

*(metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents)

Join Our Solution

Working with us will help us take critical steps to safeguard this habitat and bring about an end to the long history of habitat and species destruction in the region. This will allow Instituto Uiraçu to continue their work with local landowners and mentor them in the importance of conservation to the forest, setting a precedent for environmental awareness in the region

Safeguard Endemic Species

Brazil’s Serra Bonita Mountain Range, nestled within the country’s threatened Atlantic Forest, is home to a wide range of unique species. Seventy endemic bird species reside within these mountains––like the Banded Cotinga, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Rufous-brown Solitaire and Bahia Tyrannulet–– making it an internationally recognized Important Bird Area (an area identified using an internationally agreed set of criteria as being globally important for the conservation of bird populations). Primate species like Buff-headed Capuchins, Golden-headed Lion Tamarins, Black-handed Titis and Wied’s Marmosets also rely on these slopes.

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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.