The Agouti, a rodent that influences plant growth
From the Fazenda Nascente do Luar project area came a new glimpse produced by one of our Camera Trap, of a friendly rodent that populates our forests.
The Agouti, a rodent that populates the Brazilian forests, is a fascinating animal with unique characteristics that influence plant growth in the forest. Its medium-sized body, ranging from 40 to 60 cm in length and weighing from 2 to 6 kg, makes it agile and physically resilient. Its coarse and spiky fur, ranging in color from light brown to dark brown, with a whitish band along the back, makes it easily recognizable.
One of the most interesting features of the Agouti is its ability as a seed disperser. This animal feeds on seeds of many plants and spreads them to different places through its feces. This behavior contributes to the diversity of species within the forest, promoting the growth of new plants.
It is impressive how significantly this animal impacts the seed dispersal of many plants, including ecologically important trees such as the Brazil chestnut (Bertholletia excelsa). In addition, the Agouti purposely selects the largest seeds, which are often those with the highest probability of germination and survival.
However, Agouti is threatened by deforestation and overhunting. The loss of its natural habitat due to deforestation can drastically reduce its populations, compromising the balance of the ecosystems in which it lives.
The role of reforestation projects in protecting biodiversity
In this context, Fazenda Nascente do Luar (FNL) plays a crucial role in protecting the Agouti and its valuable habitat. By planting more than 428,375 eucalyptus trees and protecting more than 1,150 hectares of native forest in the project area, Carbon Credits Consulting is actively engaged in the conservation of the Cerrado, the world’s most biodiverse tropical savanna, which serves as a biological bridge between the Amazon rainforest, the Atlantic rainforest, the caatinga, and the Pantanal, facilitating the exchange of species between these regions and promoting greater biological diversity throughout Brazil.
Through reforestation, a true “mosaic” landscape is created where reforested areas intersect with areas of still intact forest. This approach makes it possible not only to capture CO₂ but also to preserve local biodiversity.
These areas are already home to seven endangered or vulnerable species according to the IUCN, including the Puma, the mysterious Chrysocyon, the Tapir, the Pampas Deer, the Giant anteater, and the beautiful Hyacinth Macaw. Without the valuable contribution of certified reforestation projects such as FNL, these species, as well as the lovely Agouti, could be threatened in their survival in this region.
We invite you to learn more about our reforestation projects and our commitment to the conservation of the Agouti and its valuable habitat in the Brazilian Cerrado.