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Joares Adenilson May Júnior, D.V.M.

GICS is pleased to have an international members on it's  board of advisors, especially those with such an extensive background and passion for conservation as Joares. 

On the research page we have highlighted just some of his current activity with the maned wolf in Brazil  as well as his work with the big cats in Southeastern Brazil.  Additionally he is also working on conservation efforts with the lowland tapir, Hoary Foxes, ocelots and small cats.  He generally works with camera traps to identify where the animals are active followed by humane traps to collect blood and other samples to monitor the animals health. 

The Hoary Fox Project is a part of Programa de Conservação Mamíferos do Cerrado, a group to research mammals from Cerrado. The coordinator is MsC. biologist Frederico Gemesio Lemos, professor from University of Goias State and the head of hoary fox conservation in Brazil.  The project is a study of ecology and biology of Brazilian foxes, and interaction with different species of canids in anthropogenic areas.

If that's not enough to keep him busy he's also working on his masters degree at the University of Sao Paulo in experimental epidemiology applied to zoonoses. 

His path has taken him from owning his own veterinary practices, to teaching biology, and now to leading conservation efforts. Along the way many zoos and other organizations have directly benefited from his veterinary skills as he has either worked directly for the zoo or as a consultant. 

Joares brings a strong background in carnivore behavior as well as wildlife medicine complementing the other members of the board.  Below is a sample of the paths he has taken to get to this place in his career.

Professional Activities

  • 2004-current Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) Conservation Project - Serra da Canastra National Park. Pró-Carnívoros Institute. São Roque de Minas, Minas Gerais, Brazil (Field Veterinarian).

  • 2006-current Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) Research and Conservation Project - Morro do Diabo State Park. IPÊ - Institute for Ecological Research. Teodoro Sampaio, São Paulo, Brazil (Veterinarian Consultant).

  • 2003 Zooparque. Itatiba, São Paulo, Brazil (Head Veterinarian).

  • 2003 São João Gualberto High School. São Paulo, Brazil (Biology Teacher).

  • 2002 Cepav Veterinarian Products Inc. São Paulo, Brazil (Veterinarian).

  • 2000-2002 Serra da Cantareira State Park. São Paulo, Brazil (Veterinarian Consultant).

  • 2000-2001 Santa Inês Veterinary Hospital. São Paulo, Brazil (Veterinarian of Exotic Pets and Cadiology).

  • 1999-2001 Máfia Canina Pet Shop. São Paulo, Brazil (Veterinarian).

  • 1999-2000 Tremembé Veterinary Hospital. São Paulo, Brazil (Veterinarian of Exotic Pets).

  • 1998-1999 Bicho de Estimação Veterinary Practice. Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil (Owner).

  • 1997 Veterinary Practice. Timbó, Santa Catarina, Brazil (Veterinarian).


  • 2005 Conservation Research Center (CRC). Smithsonian Institute, National Zoological Park (NZP). Front Royal, VA, USA.

  • 1997 Paraná University - Wildlife Center and Veterinary Dentistry (AMASOV-UFPR). Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil.

  • 1997 Curitiba Zoo. Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil.

  • 1997 Soracaba Zoo (PZMQB – Parque Zoológico Municipal Quinzinho de Barros). Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • 1996 Beto Carrero World Zoo. Penha, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

  • 1995 Santa Catarina Animal Health Prevention Company. Tubarão, Santa Catarina, Brazil

  • 1994 Tubarão Rural Company. Tubarão, Santa Catarina, Brazil.


Maned Wolfe

Courses, Meetings, Workshops, Conferences

  • Lowland Tapir Conservation Workshop: Population and Habitat Viability Assessment (PHVA).

  • IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG), IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG), and Sorocaba Zoo, Brazil, April 15-19, 2007. Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Maned Wolf Conservation Workshop: Population and Habitat Viability Assessment (PHVA). Pró-Carnívoros Institute, CENAP-IBAMA, and IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG). October 24-28, 2005. Serra da Canastra National Park, São Roque de Minas, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

  • Wildlife X Captivity: Their Relationship with Wildlife Conservation - University Conference. Speaker. Bandeirante University. September 22, 2005. São Paulo, Brazil.

  • XIV Annual Conference of the São Paulo Association of Zoos. Speaker: Lecture “Carnivores Work Correlation in Wildlife and Zoo”. August 19-23, 2005. São Vicente, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • I Wild Carnivores Conservation Course, Pró-Carnívoros Institute. Instructor: Lecture “Wild Carnivores Disease and Maned Wolf Clinical Evaluation”. September 19-25, 2004. São Roque de Minas, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

  • XXXII Biology Week (Pontífica Universidade Católica - PUC). Speaker: Lecture “Accident Prevention and Diseases in Zoos”. October 20-24, 2003. Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • I Workshop about Neotropical Carnivores Conservation and Research. Pró-Carnívoros Institute, CENAP-IBAMA. May 13-18, 2003. Atibaia, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Wildlife in the Hospital Seminar. Speaker. June 17 - July 03, 2002. Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • I Virbac Veterinary Meeting. Speaker: Lecture “Wildlife Medicine Introduction”. April 07, 2002. Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Sea Birds and Mammals Rehabilitation. July 11 to October 11, 2000 - São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Wildlife Animals Diagnostic and Contention Meeting. August 08 - September 01, 2000. Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • IX Zoo Congress of São Paulo. “Course Zoo's Technique Work”. August 18-22, 2000. São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Veterinary Week (São Paulo Federal University – USP). Wildlife Animals in the Hospital: What to do August 8-11, 2000. São Paulo, Brazil.

  • VI Academic Week (UDESC-CAV) Wildlife Animals Course. September 10-13, 1998. Lages, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

  • IV Work Accident Week (Beto Carrero World Zoo). Speaker: Lecture “Preventive Medicine”. May 28, 1998. Penha, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

  • II Academic Meeting (UDESC). Panel Presenter: Panel 1. Sedative drugs evaluation to animals transport; Panel 2. Yohimbine use how antagonist of the romifidine cardio-respiratory effects in dogs; Panel 3. Preliminary study about romifidine use epidural space in bovine. September 24- 27, 1997. Lages, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

  • III Research Meeting of Santa Catarina State University (UDESC-CAV). October 17-18, 1994.