IBIS - INSTITUTO DE BIOECOLOGÍA Y INVESTIGACIÓN SUBTROPICAL
Designed by Paul Smith 2006. This website is copyrighted by law.
Material contained herewith may not be used without the prior written permission of FAUNA Paraguay.
Photographs on this web-site were taken by Paul Smith, Hemme Batjes, Regis Nossent, Frank Fragano,
Alberto Esquivel, Arne Lesterhuis, José Luis Cartes, Rebecca Zarza and Hugo del Castillo and are used with their permission.
Location: Pilar, Departamento Ñeembucú
Opening Hours: Daily 8am-7pm
Cost: Free Contact: Andres Contreras
Background: IBIS (Instituto de Bioecología y Investigación Subtropical) is associated with the Universidad Nacional de Pilar and the Fundación de Historia Natural de Félix de Azara and is dedicated to the study of bioecology and zoology in Ñeembucú Department in southwestern Paraguay. Overseen by Lic. Andres Contreras and Professor Julio Contreras the emphasis is on Entomology and the institution incorporates a "butterfly house" planted with over 200 species of native plants and dedicated to the study of the life cycles of Paraguayan Lepidoptera. IBIS works closely with FAUNA Paraguay and ECOSARA on this subject. IBIS counts upon large speciment collections of all faunal groups, an extensive reference library which can be visited by appointment only, a classroom, laboratories and accommodation for visiting academics. Capacitation courses for students are announced on a regular basis with visiting academics from abroad.