In 2014, Aquasis purchased a property on the slopes of the Araripe Plateau to protect one of the rarest and most threatened birds in the world, the Araripe Manakin (Antilophia bokermanni).
This initiative was only made possible thanks to the support from the American Bird Conservacy (ABC) and their donors. From a total area of 163 acres purchased, more than 123 acres were designated as fully protected RPPN (Private Natural Heritage Reserve) in 2016 with the support from Fundação Grupo Boticário de Proteção a Natureza.
The Oasis Araripe Reserve is covered by moist forest habitats, a unique type of Atlantic Forest, surrounded by the semi-arid Caatinga biome. Housing springs and breeding territories of the Araripe Manakin, the reserve intends to promote good practices and sustainable use of natural resources, thus protecting the Araripe Manakin while providing essential ecosystem services for the local communities.
The Oasis Araripe Management Plan is in preparation. It is being guided by the following objectives:
Protect the springs and remaining forest habitats.
Increase the breeding territory of the Araripe Manakin by recovering habitat.
Encourage bird watching activities.
Promote sustainable practices of land and water use in the neighboring communities.
Conduct field research to promote the recovery of the species and its habitat.
At this moment, public visitation in the Oasis Araripe Reserve is restricted to previoursly scheduled guided groups ( for research, educat ion , and birding), since the Reserve is still preparing its trails and facilities to safely receive the public. For more information about visiting us, please contact by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org