The Brazilian Cerrado


The Cerrado is a sprawling savanna stretching

across 1.2 million square miles of central Brazil.












Cerrado is the world’s most biologically rich savanna. It has over 10,000 species of plants, of which 45% are exclusive to the Cerrado, and it stretches across nearly 500 million acres of Brazil — an area nearly three times the size of France or Texas.


The Cerrado also feeds three of the major water basins in South America: the Amazon, Paraguay and São Francisco Rivers.



It is located in Brazil’s central high plains region, the Cerrado covers approximately 25% of Brazil’s surface area.


The Cerrado is home to 935 species of birds and nearly 300 mammals, including such endangered species as: 

  • Cerrado fox

  • Giant anteater

  • Jaguar

  • Maned wolf

  • Marsh and pampas deer 

Scientists estimate that the Cerrado harbors as many as 10,000 species of vascular plants. More than 400 tree and shrub species are unique to the region.


The Cerrado is one of the most unprotected savannas in the world with less than 2% of its region protected in national parks and conservation areas. 

The 1960s marked the beginning of the expansion of large-scale agriculture across the Cerrado. Although it is one of the largest producers of soy beans in the world, the price biodiversity is paying for it is too high.

We in Centro Caraívas are committed to make our part in protecting this important environmental area and are inviting groups and individuals to join our endeavor.

Come for a visit and support our project!