Leopardus pardalis Moro Renata Leite PitmanRenata Leite Pitman is a Wildlife Veterinary Physician, with a Master’s Degree in Forest Science. She is a Research Associate with the Center for Tropical Conservation since 2000. Expert in predator ecology in South America,  she works on several projects to create protected areas for the animals she studies in the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforest. In the Amazon this includes leading a campaign to create the Alto Purus National Park, to help protect the adjacent Las Piedras region, and to study the impacts of the Interoceanic Highway to the wildlife, project who gave her an Innovation Award from Rufford Small Grants Foundation. At the Brazilian Atlantic Forest she did her Masters studying the relation of jaguar, pumas, local people and protected areas, and a survey of jaguar population on the entire ecosystem, advising the Wildlife Conservation Society on strategies to protect the species. She helps to create and/or implement several Protected Areas as the Ilha do Mel Ecological Station and State Park, Guaratuba Environmental Protected Area, and Serra da Baitaca State Park. She is directing the Atlantic Forest Conservation Center at her private reserve where she runs a 22-years old forest restoration project.  Renata is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission since 2000 and was awarded by this institution as a Natural Born Hero. She is a National Geographic/Waitt Grantee and her last research updates are covered at Mongabay  at the Field Museum’s magazine In the Field and BBC Earth.   As a volunteer, she is an active member of the Environmental Commission of the Veterinary Medicine Council’s Regional Office (CRMV-PR).  Most Renata’s publications are at https://duke.academia.edu/RenataLeitePitman.

Email: renata.leite at duke.edu



Renata is teaching a 10-day field course  focusing on long-term research being conducted at Los Amigos Biological Station on short-eared dogs (Atelocynus microtis), giant armadillos (Priodontes maximus), anacondas (Eunectes murinus), ocelots (Leopardus pardalis), and raptors.

Students will have opportunity to learn about camera trapping, trapping, use of audio playbacks, considerations on wildlife handling, immobilization and anesthesia, single rope tree climbing, sampling: feather/scale/hair/blood collection, measuring, and basic physical exam, methods of radio-transmitter placement, VHF and GPS telemetry, home-range calculations, giant armadillo burrow exploration, Natural History and wildlife Filmmaking.


Next field course dates will be posted here.



Please find full copies of most of Renata’s  research at: http://duke.academia.edu/RenataLeitePitman




Atlantic Forest Conservation Center

Biodiversity Field Guides – The Field Museum


Canids Specialist Group

Carnivore Conservation

Mammal Species of the World Home Page

Walker’s Mammals of the World, Table of Contents

Missouri Botanical Garden online database

Natural History Museums

The 2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Mammalian Species

BioSis Mammalia links


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