My Neighbors

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Several people have asked me about where I live and what I do. I am US volunteer living for the past 10 years in central Brazil on an ecological project called Santa Branca. There is an ecovillage and ecotourism area as well as other special projects like mine which was with emotionally disturbed children and children with handicaps. Santa Branca is a privately owned restoration project and game preserve. We have beautiful jungles (called “florestas”) here that are all restored as the land was originally cut and made into coffee plantations and pasture for cattle. I live on the private side of the project and next to a major section of the floresta. Soon I will be moving to a small house I am building inside of the jungle and will have the privilege of living among these wonderful animals. I often walk the floresta so they know me. I have also planted more than 25 kinds of fruit around where I currently live so that brings many animals and birds.

Here is a site that tells about the onças we have here. You can also hear the sound they make. This year I have seen one of the female black onças with four kits, an unusual number. I have not seen the spotted ones although we do have them here.

I live about an hour from Goiania and three and a half hours from Brasalia located in the central part of Brazil in the state of Goias.

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12 Responses to My Neighbors

  1. Jo says:

    What beautiful creatures our Creator has made!!


  2. Marilyn says:

    Wow Pat, amazing photos! I cannot believe how blessed you are to live amongst all that. I don’t know if I could do it but I know enough to never say never! Thanks for sharing such beauty. You look fantastic by the way! xxoo


    • Pat Cegan says:

      Hi, Marilyn, sure is different from Orlando for sure. Who would have thought our lives would have changed so much when we first met so many years ago. I certainly would not have believed it. But am so very grateful. hugs, pat


  3. Dear Pat,
    Thank you very much for your nice work! These images are so nice. Thanks also for following my blog and my page on FB! Much appreciated!

    Best regards,


  4. Britton says:

    Can see you live in an awesome place on earth. On your daily strolls, convey my loving regards to that lovely nature ❤ 🙂

    All the very best for your ongoing projects 🙂


    • Pat Cegan says:

      Will do, Britton. Indeed, I do live in a slice of paradise. I am filled with awe of the life I have been given. I will tell the beings of the floresta of your love. hugs, pat


  5. Pat, you are amazing woman,a wonderful writer, poet, artist and musician.
    Much love and many blessings.


  6. You are not only strong but brave, amazing what you are doing over there. thank you for sharing your exciting life!


  7. catnipoflife says:

    Pat, the pictures are awesome and the work you are doing is amazing. Surely there are ups and downs working on an ecological project far from the US but look at the wonderful experiences in your life as you help others!


  8. Nina says:


    I am in awe of what you are doing with your life


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