The Kayapó Amazon Rainforest
The Kayapo indigenous people protect more than 9 million hectares (22 million acres) of Amazon Rainforest (roughly the size of Portugal). Continuing to live within traditional culture the Kayapo do not engage in large scale deforestation but fight to protect their territory, one of the world's richest ecosystems, from the ravages of the outside world.
The area protected by the ~8,000 Kayapó is roughly equal in size to Portugal or South Korea. This area is comprised mostly of primary forest interspersed with a few patches of naturally occurring savana growing on Brazilian shield bedrock. Kayapo territory is a biodiversity paradise providing sufficient size habitat for sensitive species which are threatened or extirpated in other areas including; white lipped peccary, tapir, giant armadillo, giant otter, giant anteater, jaguar, hyacinth macaw, harpy eagle, white whiskered spider monkey and saki monkey.