Dr. Leandro Silveira - President of Jaguar Conservation Fund

His full-time dedication makes him an experienced jaguar conservationist, with well-founded understanding of the ecological, political and socio-economical aspects of jaguar conservation.

He has an international influence publishing in several international scientific journals, and his projects appeared in various international TV documentaries, thus raising awareness for the species. He has established partnerships with a range of international organizations supporting jaguar conservation, among the Earthwatch Institute and the Memphis Zoo.

Dr. Leandro Silveira through the JCF, initiated the Araguaia River Biodiversity Corridor Project, an effort to bring together local people, scientists, NGOs and Brazilian government to protect one of the main watercourses of central Brazil as a crucial resource for biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods. These efforts have already resulted in considerable awareness, multiple species research initiatives and reforestation projects to enhance corridor connectivity.

Leandro holds a Ph.D in Animal Biology, obtained in 2004 from the University of Brasília, Brazil (Thesis: Comparative ecology of the jaguar (Panthera onca) and puma (Puma concolor) in the Cerrado and Pantanal.) He obtained his Master’s degree in Biology in 1999 from the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil (Dissertation: Ecology and conservation of the carnivore community of the Emas National Park), and graduated in Biology in 1992 at the Catholic University of Goiás.

He has been a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group since 2002.


If we are to save this species we need to gather the best partnerships towards this common goal. In this sense BJF is the best partner JCF could want to join our mission.

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