Campo Troupial - Icterus jamacaii
Brown Capuchin Monkey - Cebus apella
List of Birds

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in Itapajé, Ceará,
100 km from Fortaleza.

The avifauna is listed in
Birds of NE Brazil.
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Threatened species
Many species of NE Brazil are threatened by extinction. Our reserve helps to protect some of them:
Birds of NE Brazil
in Caatinga, Cerrado,
and other habitats

Background and people
Management plan

Background and people

Associação Mãe-da-lua was founded in July 2006. In the constitution of the Association, we stated:

Hermann Redies, Johanna Maria Redies, Martin Redies

Article 2: The purpose of the Association is

a) Preservation and protection of the native flora and fauna of Brazil, with the creation of a nature reserve;

b) Environmental education;

At present, members of the Association are Hermann Redies (president and legal representative), Johanna Maria Redies (lawyer in Fortaleza) and Martin Redies (college student in Fortaleza).

Purchase of land: We bought the land for the reserve in 2006 and 2007, in total 764 hectares. In July 2009, our reserve was officially recognized as RPPN (private reserve), see Portaria 58.

Management from 2006 to 2015: We tried to protect the RPPN from wildfires, hunters and invasion by domestic animals, like pigs and goats.

Among the main activities were:

  • Creation and maintenance of trails to nearly all parts of the reserve;
  • Guarding the reserve by patrolling on the trail system, mainly to prevent hunting;
  • Permanent presence of a member of Associação Mãe-da-lua or of a guard in our office next to the RPPN;
  • Campaigns in the local radio (Radio "Atitude" de Itapajé, Radio Retiro) against hunting, and about burning fields and the danger of wildfires;
  • Talks about the reserve in schools in the neighbourhood, for students and members of the community.

Some schools and colleges have shown interest to work together with the RPPN for environmental education. However, because of the lack of infrastructure (visitors centre, comfortable access etc.), we cannot easily receive groups of students, and at present, the considerable potential of Mãe-da-lua for environmental education is largely wasted.

Since 2009, we have enjoyed the support of the environmental Police CPMA (Ceará). At our request, the CPMA made numerous visits in the vicinity of the RPPN, and provided decisive assistance in the prevention of wildfires and hunting (blog, in portuguese). In 2010 and 2014, we also had the help of ICMBio (CR5) in conflicts with hunters and neighbours who tried to use the RPPN as pasture for goats (blog). In 2015, the regular police (Polícia militar) of Itapajé carried out actions against hunting next to the reserve (blog). In 2016/2017, IBAMA helped in the prevention of wildfires (blog 1, blog 2). Without this help by police, ICMBio and IBAMA, the situation of RPPN Mãe-da-lua would be far more difficult.

By and large, our measures to protect the reserve were until now successful. In spite of some critical situations (blog 05/12/2011, blog 14/11/2013), we had no major forest wildfire. Most hunters presently avoid the reserve, though a few persist. The numbers of guans are clearly on the increase.

Starting in 2006, the project was financed by ourselves, without external donors. Unfortunately, our own financial contributions had to be discontinued at the end of 2011. In 2013/2014, the Fundação Grupo Boticário de proteção à natureza provides financial support for our project "Preservation of White-browed Guan (Penelope jacucaca) and other threatened species in RPPN Mãe-da-lua...", see our blog 17/03/2013 (in portuguese) for details.

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Management plan

The management plan ("plano de manejo") describes the RPPN and outlines future projects. We elaborated this important document between November 2011 and January 2012, without external consultants, and at a cost of around R$ 600 (six hundred), in total. In May 2012, the plan was accepted by the responsible federal government institution ICMBio (Portaria 63 of 24/05/2012).

Download management plan of RPPN Mãe-da-lua (Portuguese only).


Some parts of the management plan were implemented in 2013/2014 during the project sponsored by Fundação Grupo Boticário. In 2015, we had to reduce our activities, because we could not find enough workers for maintenance of trails and fence and for guarding the reserve. We hope that these difficulties are temporary and that we can continue next year.

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