Amazonian manatees (Trichechus inunguis) are so elusive that some call them a “ghost animal.”
In the course of their studies, they found several encouraging indications that the manatee population is rebounding in the Purus River region.
It is possible that the populations are recovering in the area we studied,” de Souza says.
“We did interviews with community members and fishermen and they say they see more traces of manatees.”.
Manatees are a slow-breeding animal, whose gestation lasts 12 months, at the end of which they produce just one calf.
By then, commercial exploitation had led to a drastic drop in the population of Amazonian manatees in the Purus River.
From July 20-23 this year, staff carried out a historic release of 13 manatees into the Piagaçu-Purus Sustainable Development Reserve. »