the assessments executed, some endangered species in the state of
Minas Gerais were found. In the RPPN-FMA about 362 species of vertebrate
animals (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians) can be found.
The Reserve has 79 species of mammals and, along with the Caparaó
National Park, makes up one of the richest areas in mammals of the
entire Rio Doce Valley.
The densest and most varied population of primates known in state
of Minas Gerais is located in the RPPN-FMA, featuring the northern
Muriqui, one of the 25 most endangered species of primates in the
world. About 500 individuals currently survive in the wild, scattered
in small-sized populations in the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito
Santo. Although many other new populations have been discovered
in the last few years, this one in RPPN FMA is the largest and the
only one considered viable.
Studies on the bird fauna showed 204 species in the area. This figure
stands for 52% of all the species in the Rio Doce Valley (393) and
26% of the birds in Minas Gerais (774 species). Up to now, 37 species
of amphibians were detected and, in recent study by the UFMG's Zoology
Department, 38 species of reptiles were catalogued. These include
21 species of snakes, among which Lachesis muta may be considered
an endangered species in the State of Minas Gerais, this species
is only found nowadays in the RPPN-FMA and in Rio Doce State Park.
One butterfly species from these forests, Heliconius nattereri (family
Nymphalidae) is considered to be "threatened with extinction"
by the IBAMA and "endangered" by the State Environmental
Policy Council - COPAM.
Eduardo M. Veado
here to see the RPPN Feliciano Miguel Abdala Characteristics