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  "No one could have imagined the impact of the discovery by Célio Valle and Ney Carnevalli in 1974 of the small population of muriquis in the Fazenda Montes Claros. Following the initial studies by Akisato Nishimura, the establishment there of a long-term research program on the demography, ecology and behavior of the species by Dr. Karen Strier in 1983 has not only resulted in the muriqui being today amongst the best known ofthe world's primates but, through the training of Brazilian students, has also made a major contríbution to the science and practice of wildlife conservation and management in Brazil. The Caratinga Biological Station inspired the formal creation of the category of private protected areas in Brazil, and its success, resulting from the determination and passion of so many, means that it and its muriquis are today a symbol for the protection of the unique fauna and flora of Brazil's beleaguered Atlantic forest."
Anthony Rylands
Senior Director, Conservation International, professor at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

"When giving the opportunity to be face-to-face with the muriquis, at Mr. Feliciano's forest, one has the opportunity to meet one of the most gracious beings of our fauna! And this opportunity becomes magical! Fully enchanting! Its this very enchantment that takes over everyone who comes to the RPPN FMA, and that has taken all of us in the Associação Pró-Estação Biológica de Caratinga. That's what motivated our 15 years fight for the conservation of the muriquis and all the forest beings, so well represented by the Caratinga Biological Station - which today completes 20 years of existence. To us, the creation of the RPPN FMA founded like an award!"
Simone Furtini Abras e Eduardo Veado
Associação pró-Estação Biológica de Caratinga.
 
 

"The works in Caratinga have captured the attention of the international conservation community towards Brasil, transforming this small reserve in the Mecca of primatology."
Célio Valle
Director, IEF-MG.. "Conservation of the Atlantic Forest biodiversity”.

"The Caratinga Biological Station (CBS) is a landmark for Conservation of the Atlantic Forest biodiversity. The area has served as a reference for the first pioneer Conservation campaigns during the 70s, standing today as a critical remnant of the Atlantic Forest of Minas Gerais and one of the best studied sites in Brazil. The CBS is an example of how state of the art science can contribute to biodiversity Conservation."
Luiz Paulo Pinto
Sénior Director, Conservation International - Brasil.

"Caring for such a wealth left by Mr. Feliciano Miguel Abdala is our duty. Beyond its ecological importance, the Montes Claros Farm projects Caratinga to the world."
Ernani Campos Porto
Caratinga Mayor