[Podcast series] Ensuring the survival of the Araripe manakin in Brazil

Header photo: Araripe Manakin © Ciro Albano

IUCN NL works with local NGOs across the globe to create or expand safe reserves for endangered species and to connect wildlife habitats to increase species’ changes of survival. Passionate conservationists from Brazil, Indonesia and Iraq share their story in our Conservation Inspiration Podcast series. The third episode takes us to Brazil, where Alberto Campos is committed to ensuring the survival of the critically endangered araripe manakin.

In 1998 ornithologists discovered the araripe manakin. This red-hooded bird is endemic to tropical moist forests on the slopes of the Chapada do Araripe in Northeast Brazil and has very peculiar breeding preferences. Adult manakins only nest above running water and rely on vegetated streams and creeks to reproduce. This restricts them to limited breeding sites.

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In this episode of the Conservation Inspiration podcast series, host Rosamira Guillen is joined by conservation biologist Alberto Campos, who is one of the founders and the director of the Brazilian NGO Aquasis. They discuss Alberto’s efforts to protect the araripe manakin, which is considered the water keeper of the Araripe region, and how this peculiar bird became an extraordinary source of pride for local communities.

Both Rosamira Guillen and Alberto Campos are partners whose work has been supported by the IUCN NL Land Acquisition Fund.

Marc Hoogeslag
Senior Expert Nature Conservation