The Caiman Ecological Refuge was set up to achieve what had once seemed impossible. From the beginning its mission has been to reconcile three very different activities in one place - extensive cattle ranching, ecotourism and wildlife/habitat conservation projects. In 2016, it became the first place in the world to successfully reintroduce jaguar to the wild, while its Hyacinth Macaw Project quadrupled the Pantanal’s population in 15 years, meaning the species is no longer considered endangered.
The 53,000 hectare cattle ranch hosts the Caiman Lasso Festival, which helps preserve and raise awareness of the Pantaneiro traditional “cowboy” lifestyle; and its 150 staff receive free benefits such as housing, lodging, meals, school, transportation, life insurance, dental care, medical emergency room and sport facilities. Meanwhile its Rural School, Educational Centre and Naturalist Kids Programme offers environmental education to local children so they too might grow up wanting to conserve its biodiversity and surroundings.