Although the Hyacinth Macaw Project started as a personal initiative, it has only been able to function continuously during these years thanks to partnerships and the support and sponsorship of numerous companies, institutions, and people.

Each year, Instituto Arara Azul develops proposals with specific objectives, which are sent to companies and/or institutions. Some participate on an ad hoc basis, while others take part for several years, such as Toyota do Brasil, UNIDERP, and R. E. Caiman.

Check out the current partners and sponsors.





Key Sponsors and Project partners, past and present

Fundação Toyota do Brasil, UNIDERP, WWF-US, WWF-Brasil, Toyota do Brasil, Hyacinth Macaw Fund, Roberto Klabin, CAPES, CECITEC, Fundação O Boticário, Smart Family Foundation, Vanzin Escapamentos, Brasil Telecom, Ecotrópica Alemã, Bradesco Capitalização, Teresa Bracher, Ana Maria e Fabio Igel, Parrots International, Susan McGraph, Burger Zoo, Friends of the Zoo Kansas City, Carolina Tran, The Parrot Society, Mark e Marie Stafford, Renate Brucker & Marina Henning, Ibama, Conservation International, Renctas, Hyacinthine Macaw Trust Parrot, Arndt V. Mueller Velog, Zoo Douê de la Fontaine, Br Tintas, Araras Brasil, Criadouro Asas do Brasil, Paradisio Park SA., Jardin Del Papagaios, Carlos Saldanha, Joseph Muscanera, Matthias, Carla, Hans e Ursula Zuppinger, Cidiana Pellegrin, Maria Ivone Mascarenhas, Robaldo, Inocência Robaldo, Carlos Cezar Corrêa, Neliane Robaldo Guedes Correa, Eveline Robaldo Guedes Castanho, Pedro Chaves, Teresinha Santos Sanweis, Waldir Taddei, Eliane Cristina Vicente, Maria Cecília Barbosa de Toledo, Paulo Jorge Maksoud Rahe, Angelo Pacelli Cipriano Rabello, Eliza Mense, Jorge Pedrinho Pfitscher, Andreia Tostes Filgueiras Fernandes, Celso Dornelas Fernandes, Marco Antônio de Andrade Castanho, Sidney K. Kakazu, George Alberto Costa e Silva, Ricardo Bastos, Mariana Morais, Thais Bleinroth Guedes, Thais Rebequi, Otacílio Nascimento, Igor Castanha Campesi, Daniel Scapulatempo, Cristina Yumi Miayki, Anita Wanjtal, Iara Barros, Pedro Scherer Neto, Ana Maria Barreto, Pixico, Vânia Lucia Brandão Nunes, José Sabino, Rosemary Matias, Ricardo Naban, ZN Marketing, Joacilei Lemos Cardoso, Laercio Machado de Souza, Eduardo Carvalho, Renate Brucker & Marina Henning.

Key support

CPAP/EMBRAPA, SODEPAN, SEMA-MS, IBAMA, Polícia Ambiental, Polícia Federal, Fundação Manoel de Barros, Bamerindus Seguros, R.E. Caiman, Fazenda Novo Horizonte, Fazenda Santa Delfina, Fazenda Damaro, Fazenda Sete, Fazenda Nova Miranda, Pousada Xaraés, Pousada Aguapé, Fazenda San Francisco, Fazenda São Francisco do Perigara (MT), Chácara Nirvana, Chácara Aniz, Chácara Santa Cruz, Fazenda Chapadão, Pousada 23 de Março, Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata, Estância Mimosa, Pousada Campo Lourdes, Fundação T. M. Pantanal, Proprietários e fazendeiros do Pantanal.

Donations of material, equipment, and services

A few examples of donations of material, equipment, and services received by the Project:

• Hyacinth macaw brooches to be sold (Tony Pittman 2001, 2007 and 2018)
• Tables, pull-out bed and a safe (Eduardo Carvalho 2013)
• Beds and closets for field base (Roberto Klabin 2013)
• Scrap leather for handicrafts for the Projeto Arte de Fazer (Art of Doing Project) (Ferricelli Arara Brasil, 2010)
• Bird bands, 20 stainless steel and 20 aluminum, (Anilhas Capri, 2010)
• Incubator/aviary (Ryan Watson, 2008)
• Double bed and mattress for the base station (Ryan Watson, 2008)
• Notebook Access (Mark and Marie Stafford, 2007)
• Various creative and artwork services (Paulo Jorge Rahe, 1990-2007)
• Paintings for prints (Joacilei Lemos Cardoso, 1999-2007)
• Translations (Heraldo Marques Figueiredo, 2005-2006)
• Digital scale (Parrots International, 2004)
• Digital camera (Mark and Marie Stafford, 2003)
• Swarovski binoculars (Mark and Marie Stafford, 2002)
• Bushnell binoculars (International Expeditions, 2000)
• Hyacinth macaw pins to be sold (Tony Pittman, 2001 and 2007)
• Incubator (Premium Ecológica Ltda, 1998)
• Maintenance services for the open jeep (Jorge Rahe, 1990-1991)
• Traditional biotelemetry equipment (WWF, 1997)
• Vehicle insurance (Bamerindus Seguros, 1996)

Get to know a bit of the history of our main SPONSORS


Toyota do Brazil is the longest lasting partner/sponsor of Instituto Arara Azul. Since the beginning, borrowing Bandeirante pick-up truck, in 1991, the partnership was never interrupted. For being free-lease cars, the vehicles are exchanged for newer versions, whenever needed. Currently, the Instituto Arara Azul with 4 Hilux units, lent by Toyota, which are used for projects and actions of the institute.
In 2005 and 2006, Neiva Guedes gave lectures to employees of Indaiatuba and São Bernardo do Campo plants. They also collaborated with the project, by making small donations and receiving exclusive products.
Toyota do Brasil is considered the official sponsor of Instituto Arara Azul. Although many people have contributed, Sidney K. Kakazo, Ricardo Bastos, George Alberto Costa e Silva, Mariana de Moraes, Otacílio Nascimento, Thais B. Guedes and Thais Rebequi were and are fundamental so that the partnership between Toyota and Instituto Arara Azul were enhanced, with the creation of Toyota do Brasil Foundation in 2009.
As of 2010, Instituto Arara Azul started being officially sponsored by Toyota do Brasil Foundation and, in 2012, started the construction of Sustainability Center and Headquarters of Instituto Arara Azul, opened in November 2013.

Today, Toyota do Brasil Foundation is in ARARA Sponsor category, according to sponsorship policy incorporated by Instituto Arara Azul.


Universidade Anhanguera Uniderp is partner of the Institute Arara Azul. Everything started in 1994, when Neiva finished her Master’s degree and decided to continue in Projeto Arara Azul. At that time, the researcher has managed to gather resources for equipment and activities in the field, but not for her salary.

After staying over six months with no personal compensation, Neiva Guedes was hired by the old Superior Education Center of Campo Grande (CESUP), current Universidade Anhanguera-Uniderp. At the occasion, in a gesture of great insight from the dean, Prof. Dr. Pedro Chaves dos Santos Filho, the biologist could dedicate herself exclusively to researches, which have carried on uninterrupted. From 2003 to 2011, the University hired a research assistant to focus on field work. Uniderp has created a second field base, at Instituto de Pesquisas do Pantanal (IPPAN) and at Araraúna Inn, as well as the support to lab and veterinarian hospital analyses in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul. With the implementation of Post-Graduation Program in Environment and Regional Development, at the University, Neiva Guedes started to be part of the teaching staff, guiding graduate students in Scientific Initiation and improvement. In 2009, with her PhD, Neiva started to guide MA and PhD scholars.

During all these years, professor, surveyors and scholars of Universidade Anhanguera Uniderp have associated to Instituto Arara Azul and develop researches in the veterinarian area (Prof. Dr. Maria Del Carmen Lamazares and Prof. Msc. Flávio R. Araújo, Prof. Msc. Valter Vilela), geoprocessing (Prof. Luis Paiva and Prof. Dr. Silvio Jacks), biologist (Prof. Dr. Eliane Vicente), agronomist (Prof. Dr. Silvio Favero), chemist (Prof. Dr. Rosemary Matias), ecologista (Prof. Dr. Ademir Kleber M. Oliveira), parasitology (Prof. Dr. Vânia Lúcia Brandão Nunes), tourism (Prof. Dr. José Sabino) and biologists Helder A. de Souza, Ricardo Soares, as well as scholars: Antônio dos Santos Junior, Fernand Mussi Fontoura, Angelita Montano, Larissa Tinoco Barbosa, Edson Lino Diniz Pereira, Emilia Alibio Oppliger and Kalyenny Rabenhorst, many of them masters and doctors.


In 1998, Roberto Klabin offered the first field base to Projeto Arara Azul. Through an agreement with Uniderp, Caiman gave a house to researchers and also built a Visitor Center for Projeto Arara Azul.

This base was a milestone for the project, because, for the first time, it was possible to gather a permanent field team. In its majority, the researches started being carried at R. E. Caiman, with the artificial nest installation and natural nest recovery. On an area of 52 thousand hectares, over 60 natural nests were registered and 60 artificial ones were installed. With so many cavities, hundreds of hyacinth macaw couples who lived near came to reproduce in the Caiman, which became a real “center of reproduction”. Thus, not only the hyacinth macaws’ population was benefited, by tripling, but also other bird species who started using the nesting boxes.

In 2006, Roberto Klabin demolished the old house and gave new space for researchers, built a lab and revamped the Visitor Center, where hundreds of guests stopped by every year.

In 2012, the field base of Projeto Arara Azul moved to Retiro Novo, counting with a wide space for the Visitor Center and Lab for research.


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