Nowadays there is a lot of controversy about how is the most efficient way of tropical ecosystems conservation, especially, concerned on protected areas role on archiving this goal. Every Conservation Unity left on Atlantic Forest is isolated, remaining few forestry patches bigger than 300.000 ha, an area which can support the most of large size vertebrates and their ecological interactions. Although, besides isolated, Conservation Unities suffer from strong human pressure, as instruction of exotic species, hunting, wood fires, “juçara” palm harvesting, highways crossings and human occupation. Serra de Paranapiacaba, São Paulo State, still protects a meaning portion of Atlantic Forest witch previously extended along Brazil’s coast. This project aims to evaluate bird and mammalian population status on Parque Estadual Turístico do Alto Ribeira with line transects. Although this area is connected with two another large parks (Intervales and Carlos Botelho), we do not know if these keep large populations of bird and mammals. The conservation of Atlantic Forest rely on protection of these great forestry patches and it is essential we have biological and ecological information on this area.
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