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BJF Diamond team trip 2018: A true experience!

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This August some of our dedicated team members went on an official BJF expedition to the Araguaia Corridor: the 2nd BJF Diamond Team Trip to date.

The Diamond team was made up of our great supporters Natascha and Floris Wouterson and their children, Camille and Cédric. Natascha and Floris are the owners of the bedroom furniture store, sleepwise. You can learn more about them and their involvement with the BJF here. The trip was organised as a thank you for their continued support over the last few years and to show them the reality of our grand mission. Our founder, Ben Valks, our Forest Engineer, Carlos Eduardo Batista, our Partnership Coordinator, Francisco Macedo and Project Coordinator, Ivan Nisida also went along on the trip to remind themselves of the beauty of the Araguaia and the importance of the mission we are undertaking

This trip had a few goals: (1) visit our new nurseries in two farms (Guaíra and Santa Fé) (2) to present the pristine nature of the Araguaia river and Cantão State Park to our Dutch colleagues, the very nature they try to protect by supporting the BJF (3) team-building sessions to strengthen the bond between BJF Brazil and Holland.

We planted seeds and seedlings, installed camera traps, made trekking trails in the jungle and went on sunset boat rides. Greeted with the sight of river dolphins and emas, we had the chance to apprehend the beauty that lies within the Corridor and the challenges that need to be faced in order to make the Araguaia Corridor a biodiversity corridor once more.

Meet Paco: Our new junior fundraiser

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We are excited to have Paco join our team! Born in the Netherlands, Paco will spend the next 9 months in Brazil, spreading the message of our mission to potential sponsors. He has just finished high school and has dedicated his gap year to BJF Brazil, which is an incredible example of how the younger generation can take action to create a positive impact on our planet.

In his own words, Paco discusses why he decided to embark on this incredible journey:

“My name is Paco, I am 18 years old and I believe in the mission of Black Jaguar Foundation. Having recently graduated from high school, my dream has been to embark on a gap year and see the world from a different perspective. I feel like my life has always been easy growing up in The Netherlands- one of the wealthiest and most organized countries in the world. I intend to gain a better idea about what life looks like outside of this.There seems no better way to gain this new perspective than going into the middle of the jungle, where not many people speak english, and working on contributing my part towards the ecological restoration mission that The Black Jaguar Foundation intends to achieve. The organization is very positive about what many perceive to be a very pessimistic subject- global warming. This is a subject that humanity often chooses to avoid because in order to resolve the problem, we would need to give up a lot of our current comforts.The BJF skips this avoidance and takes action. This year I will live in Brazil, with the aim of helping the BJF in any way I can and experiencing a different world to the one I have always known. I am immensely grateful to The Black Jaguar Foundation for allowing me the opportunity to see a new world and realize my dreams.”


Next month: The 2018 BJF Celebration Event!

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Please click here to view your online Invitation.

We are delighted to be organizing our first ever BJF Celebration Event on the 12th of September, to share our first milestones with you; our current and future sponsor-partners and official suppliers. The event will be held at the headquarters of Scelta Mushrooms, one of our great friends and long-time sponsors. You can learn more about Scelta on their profile page 247/600 here

It is also our pleasure to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Bint Ali will be an Honorary Speaker at the event. She was chosen as Hero of the Planet by Time Magazine and is a strong advocate for biodiversity conservation and a valued Ambassador of the BJF.

If you haven’t received your personal invitation as of yet and would like to attend, then please click here to view your online invitation  and confirm your attendance by e-mail to Joël Boele at


Seedlings have begun sprouting in our first nursery

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Thanks to many years of tireless effort from the whole team and the unstoppable work of our local partners and Forest Engineer, Carlos Eduardo, the first thousands of seedlings have begun sprouting at our San Fé Nursery.

These first trees will serve as pioneering trees, which will grow tall and create an initial shaded canopy for other plant species to flourish underneath. The tree pictured here is a jatobá tree, which can grow to colossal heights of 30 meters! These trees will ultimately absorb large amounts of CO2 as well.

The first day of planting is scheduled in December this year. This important milestone could only be achieved thanks to your financial support! We are very pleased to see our ecological restoration dream starting to materialize into a reality.

Exciting new Partnership: The Nature Conservancy

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We are proud to announce our new partnership with one of the world’s largest nature organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Brazil. Both TNC Brasil and BJF are developing reforestation projects along the Araguaia Corridor and have now joined forces! The new partnership will unfold into institutional cooperation, joint fundraising campaigns and the creation of a pilot project for ecological restoration in the state of Mato Grosso.

The Nature Conservancy is a large global charity with a clear mission of conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. They operate in over 72 countries, aiming to realize their vision of a world where the diversity of life thrives. They are truly an accomplished organization and it’s our privilege to be working in partnership with them for now and the future.

The beautiful biodiversity of seeds

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This gorgeous image, taken by our Forest Engineer Carlos Eduardo, shows the plethora of different seeds that are currently being collected in the region of Caseara (Tocantins) in Brazil. Selecting and cultivating the right mix of native trees is a fundamental step of ecological restoration, and so the BJF team in Brazil is expertly refining the art of seed collecting.

These seeds are to be safely stored and used by the end of the year to initiate BJF’s ecological restoration.We are creating a portfolio of species of seeds that will allow us to give form to the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. The different species are collected in a number of different ways. At our Santa Fé farm, Carlos Eduardo uses his expertise about the forests in this region to harvest local seeds that have germinated. We also acquire specialized seeds from sources such as the Amazon Seed Network or universities such as the University of Goiás (UFG).

Meet Francisco: our new Partnerships Coordinator

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We are very pleased to welcome Francisco Martes Porto Macedo to our team as our new Partnerships Coordinator based in Sao Paulo. Francisco is a very well travelled man who has lived on every continent in the world in places including Boston, Singapore, London, Hoedspruit and Sydney. After obtaining an economics degree from the  University of Sao Paulo, he gained plentiful experience in the corporate world, working for both a leading strategy consulting firm and a corporate investment bank. He says that he  enjoyed this work alot, but his main intention was always to use the expertise he’d gained from these experiences in order to help society and build a better world for future generations.

This intention took him to South Africa where he worked on animal conservation projects such as reintroducing cheetahs into areas of Angola and Mozambique where they had almost become extinct. Eventually, whilst undertaking a postgraduate degree in Brazil, he was introduced to the BJF by our project coordinator Ivan Nisida. Francisco says that he was immediately attracted to BJF because of the professional way in which our ecological restoration project is structured.

His role within the foundation is ultimately to deliver the BJF message in Brazil. This will include engaging with different partners, from potential sponsors to NGOs, that may be able to provide the BJF with funding or expertise. He sees this role as an opportunity to take what he already knows from his experience in corporate business, and to put this knowledge towards something that he can be proud of helping future generations by preserving the environment. We are immensely happy to have him on our team!

Our Jaguar family is now complete!

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The award-winning sculptor Chris Tap has done it again! After 9 months of incredible dedication and craftsmanship, Chris has completed a Life-Sized sculpture of the majestic Black Jaguar as a gift to BJF’s exclusive sponsor-partners. The first seven of these magnificent sculptures are already being showcased in the reception halls of our exclusive sponsors, serving as a wonderful symbol of their positive involvement.

The life-sized jaguar is the fourth and final statue to complete our happy family of four, ranging from smaller statues of just the jaguar head up to this full form. The statue is available for our Diamond Friends within our corporate package. When you receive a life-sized statue, you will also receive a personalized brochure, outlining a tailor-made explanation of how your company became part of one of the largest reforestation projects on earth. Together, the statue and the brochure serve as an amazing way to capture interest about the BFJ and the positive involvement our Diamond friends engage with our mission.

Are you also interested in becoming an exclusive BJF partner and receiving your very own Life-Size Jaguar Sculpture? Please write to us at

Meet Eduardo: our first BJF forest engineer

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We are proud to share that forest engineer Eduardo Carlos Oliveira has recently joined our permanent team in Brazil. Eduardo embraced our mission from the start and is passionate about his work and to make our first reforestation projects a success.

Based in the field and guided by BJF’s Ivan Nisida and the scientists of Bioflora/LERF, he will coordinate the important and complex tasks of the ecological restoration of our 6,000 ha pilot project. With the ultimate goal to build and manage our first nurseries, expand our network of stakeholders in the Corridor and plant the first 15.000 native trees this year.

Eduardo has recently relocated himself from Goaiania to Paraíso in Tocantins, close to the BJF corridor zone, and the BJF Pilot Project, and is fully motivated to realize the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. He is already successful in creating connections with other landowners and is at the start of creating a BJF landowner’s network. Next to this Eduardo has established a partnership with the University of Goias, for the collection of seeds for certain native trees required wihtin the first 2 nurseries. At the same time he has written a report with the experienced scientists of Bioflora and LERF about Ecological Restoration in the area. 

With his positive energy and big smile he is able to motivate the people he works with in a productive way. At the same time he is very knowledgeable and passionate about his work and life as a Forest Engineer. Point at any tree and he will know all about it! Right now Eduardo is managing the building of the 2nd nursery and the implementation fo the first one. The first of many seeds have been collected and identified to be useful in the nurseries, where Eduardo will guide the process of seedling production, and finally trees.

He will keep you updated on his important work and what is happening in the field.
We look forward to share with you more action pictures of Eduardo in the future!

Ready to build our second nursery!

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We are happy to share our second nursery is now also ready to be built. It is located at Guaíra Farm (Caseara, Tocantins), one of the farms of our BJF partner and landowner, Guilherme Tiezzi. He is the owner of two cattle farms in the Tocantins state. Both stand right in the very heart of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, neighboring the beautiful Cantão State Park.

We are fortunate to have the landowner and visionary Guilherme Tiezzi to be part of our pilot-project. Tiezzi’s goal is to materialize the first ‘Farm of the future’ in the Araguaia Corridor, uniting productive activities with nature and people, and setting a new paradigm in the relationship between humankind and the land.

Now that we have finalized the Mapping and Biodiversity planning of his 2 farms, Santa Juliana and Guaíra, all is set to start the restoration of the identified areas in partnership with LERF and Bioflora. This nursery will be a true example for everyone in the surroundings and also an important educational tool as it will hold a strong social role in the area along with schools, settlements and authorities in the area.

BJF’s Field Coordinator, Carlos Eduardo, is sending daily updates from the field about his close work with the farm manager, Heroito Landa, to accomplish this important step. The area that will receive the nursery structure has been cleared and the installations are in progress as we write these lines. Meanwhile, Carlos Eduardo is continuously improving BJF’s seed stocks thanks to field trips to the surrounding areas of the farm. The species portfolio is growing (15.000 seeds as of today). Last week only, a brand new batch of 13 species has been added to our seed bank.

We will keep you up to date about these exciting developments!

The capacity for the nursery is estimated today at 10.000 seedlings/year, but the room to expand is already reserved according to the (rising) demand. The native trees we will grow in the upcoming nursery will be used to reforest his lands and also to support the creation of a 18km long mini-corridor from his one farm to the other. It will be a great example of success for the Araguaia Corridor and surely will inspire and involve other landowners.

It’s getting more and more concrete.

We will keep you up to date with these exciting developments!