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Dunga cub really likes swimming, very athletic.

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Tapir submerging in the water at Refúgio da Ilha - Pantanal

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Register of 2 males Albinos Tapirs Canjica and Gasparzinho (Casper) in the brazilian Atlantic Forest.



Record of two albino tapirs in Brazil is highlighted in international scientific publication.

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''In 2014, nature photographer Luciano Candisani accomplished a feat: he managed to register an albino tapir in nature. The capture happened at Legado das Águas, the largest private Atlantic Forest reserve in Brazil, located in the municipality of Tapiraí, in São Paulo.

The register was only possible thanks to the partnership of two projects, the Floresta Viva, created by Candisani, and the Tapir Project, carried out by the Manacá Institute, which monitors the species, Tapirus terrestris.

The Floresta Viva is a pioneering method, which consists of a camouflaged photographic studio installed in the middle of the vegetation and equipped with flashlights and professional cameras. When any animal passes by sensors are activated and automatically take pictures generating colorful high-resolution images regardless of the time of day.

This is how the first albino tapir of the Legado das Águas notoriety. However, most surprising was the discovery that she was not the only one. In 2018, another individual, also albino, was captured by the lens of the camera traps.


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Upon making a detailed study of the two animals, the Tapir Project team was certain that yes, there were two albino tapirs in that region of Atlantic Forest. Both were male and were baptized Gasparzinho and Canjica.

"The behavior of tapirs is nocturnal, so all the records were in this period, and it was not possible to identify whether it was an albino animal or not. If it weren't for the color photographs, the discovery would have taken much longer, or maybe, it wouldn't have happened at all" says Mariana Landis, research biologist at the Manacá Institute. "Monitoring fauna in tropical forests is a challenge for science, and as far as we know, this is one of the most relevant scientific results using professional photography as a tool. This shows the potential of the junction of these two methods which can now be replicated in other research.''

The record of the Brazilian albino tapirs and the importance of this for the research of the species was highlighted in a scientific article, recently published in the international publication Mammalia.

"The two albino males from Legacy are possibly the only two albino tapirs inhabiting the same place and, in addition to this, the discovery was only possible through the cooperation between two conservation programs, which use photography as a study tool", says Mariana, who is the main author of the article, but who had the participation of several other researchers, including Patrícia Medici, considered to be one of the greatest tapir specialists in the world.


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Very Rare condition.

Albinism is the absence of pigmentation or coloration and is rarely found in nature.

"To have two albino individuals in the same place is something extraordinary, something never seen before. This instigates many questions, and the answers may mean extremely relevant information for the conservation of the species especially in the genetic, ecological, and behavioral aspects" says Mariana.


Canjica, the second Tapir discovered in 2018


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In the article for Mammalia, the Brazilian biologists highlight the need to understand the genetic diversity of Brazilian tapir populations and the important role of professional photography associated with scientific research.''
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Serra dos Pirineus - Cerrado - Brazil

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Massive specimen from Pousada Trijunção - Cerrado - Brazil

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