Masaguaral Biological Preserve and Research Station- Venezuela


 Welcome to Masaguaral Biological Reserve and Research Station. Here are the projects:

Hato Masaguaral, located in the llanos of central Venezuela. The llanos, a vast flat region of marsh and swampy areas draining into the Orinoco River, is home to the Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius). Hato Masaguaral, while primarily a cattle ranch, has had a strong component of biological research during its 30+ years of existence.  Current projects are Masaguaral are:





The Captive Breeding Program for the Orinoco Crocodiles

Starting and maintaining a captive breeding program for releasing young, headstarted Orinoco Crocodiles is what has probably become Masaguaral's most famous achievement.





          Project description

          Pictures and Videos

          Volunteer and Internship Opportunities- 2013       


The Tropical Center for Demographic Science - The Parrotlet Project.

The Tropical Center for Demographic Science at Hato Masaguaral is a project that  represents a diverse collaboration that expands on decades of avian research and natural resource conservation in the Llanos of Venezuela.

 Our goal is to integrate long-term demographic models into regional conservation tools, by continuing a 22-year study of reproduction and demography in a marked population of parrots. Parrots are charismatic icons of the Tropics and the most threatened order of birds in the world. (Read more)




Field Assistants needed for the 2013 field season.  



Environmental Education and Community Outreach.


Since its inception in 1944, Masaguaral provides environmental education to students and the general public to raise awareness about the conservation and preservation of the flora and fauna of the Llanos.





Education and Training


Masaguaral is also a training center offered to Venezuelan Biologists and Wildlife Management students.








Welcome, Everyone


 Greetings! - Great Wilderness continues to work on biodiversity preservation in both Ecuador and Venezuela. We are succeeding in our mission to "Help People Help Nature."

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 Volunteer and Internship Program

Our goal is to support, strengthen and enhance our partners conservation program by sending individuals interested in working and supporting the protection of Ecuador and Venezuela native forest and ecosystems. (Read more)


The Parrotlet Project


Do Parrots Name Their Babies?

While studying Green-rumplet Parrolets in Venezuela, National Geographic Explorer and Great Wilderness Board member, Dr. Karl Berg, discovered an incredibly rare behavior.

The Parrolet Project (Video)

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Forest Fund

Dear Family and Friends,


Earth Day 2018 marks the celebration of a two-year partnership with Forest Fund. Forest Fund supports conservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil with the help of Great Wilderness and donors worldwide. Together we are turning landowners into forest protectors by providing opportunity cost payments to the landowner to keep the forest standing in one of the most ecologically important and threatened areas of the world. Read more     



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