We believe that knowledge is a key factor in the conservation and appreciation of this rich ecosystem, given that people only seem to value what they know and admire.

There is currently a lack of information about the southern Amazon and, for this reason, research is of fundamental importance. This is even more disturbing when one considers the loss of biodiversity in urban areas and within the buffer zones around protected areas. Our research activities are based on the production and dissemination of knowledge about biodiversity in the southern Amazon.

The research carried out by the Cristalino Foundation and its partners, supported by the Cristalino Lodge, includes topics such as:

  • Survey of the flora in the Cristalino area, with 1,361 species of plants identified, five of which are new to science: Guarea zepivae, Marsdenia aff. macrophylla, Passiflora cristalina, Sciadocephala gracieliae e Ichthyothere sp. nov.. The project was carried out in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, in London, and the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT).
  • Extensive study of the birds of the Cristalino area and Alta Floresta, over two decades, by many researchers and ornithologists - including Alexander Lees, Kevin Zimmer, Curtis Marantz, Andrew Whittaker, Bradley Davis, Bret Whitney, Ted Parker, Jeremy Minns, Francisco Souza and Jorge Lopes - and with contributions from various organizations, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in New York, the Field Museum of Chicago, the Moore Foundation and the Emílio Goeldi Museum, in Pará.
  • Survey of small and medium-sized mammals.
  • Study of the white-whiskered spider monkey (Ateles marginatus) and its distribution, by Paola Cardias Soares, with support from the Federal University of Pará and the Emílio Goeldi Museum in Pará.
  • Study of the red-nosed bearded saki (Chiropotes albinasus) and its distribution, by Rafaela F. S. da Silva, with support from the Emílio Goeldi Museum and the Federal University of Pará (UFPA).
  • Study of reptiles and amphibians, assisted by Dr. Guarino Colli, Laurie Vitt, Janaiee Caldwell, Donald Shepard and Frederico Fraça, and supported by the University of Brasilia (UNB).
  • Study of the fish in the River Cristalino, assisted by Dr. Rainer Radtke, Timo Moritz and Vivica von Vietinghoff, and supported by the University of Tübingen, in Baden-Württenberg.
  • Study of the relationship between biodiversity in forest fragments and in conservation areas, in order to identify trends and patterns and thus strengthen conservation policies, with assistance from Dr. Carlos Peres.
  • Study of bats, by Ana Carolina Moreira Martins, assisted by Dr. Carlos Peres and supported by the University of Brasília (UnB).
  • Study of large mammals, using camera traps, assisted by Dr. Carlos Peres and Bárbara Zimbres and supported by the University of Brasilia (UNB).
  • Study of birds in the understory, by Talitha da Cunha Pires Middleton, assisted by Dr. Carlos Peres and supported by the University of São Paulo (USP).
  • Climate study made in partnership with the Laboratory of Climate and Soil Use with Remote Sensing of the University of Rennes, France; the Federal University of Mato Grosso, the University of Brasília and the University of São Paulo. Since 1999, climate data from the Cristalino Region has been collected and analyzed under the supervision of Professor Vincent Dubreuil. The results contribute to better understand the forest and generates valuable information to promote conservation.

Furthermore, studies of a socio-economic nature were also performed, such as:

  • Quality of water resources in the region, by the University of Mato Grosso (UFMT).
  • Mercury and human health, by Renato Aparecido de Farias and the São Paulo State University (UNESP).
  • Hunting and preservation of the jaguar in rural areas, by Silvio Marchini.
  • Fires and their effects on health, by the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT).

All the research helps the region in a number of ways. For example, the knowledge generated is passed on to the guides who work at the Cristalino Lodge, which in turn enriches the experience of our guests. At the same time, it enriches the Cristalino Foundation’s environmental education projects. And it also contributes, directly and indirectly, to society in general, by providing information on the conservation of this region. To access the research material, please send us an email to