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Guára, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Guára, SP (Brazil) image by Dirk Schönberger, 2 November 2012

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A red field with a yellow triangle extending more than half the length of the flag from the hoist bearing the municipal arms.

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Dirk Schönberger, 2 November 2012

The municipality of Guará (19,864 inhabitants in 2010; 36,262 ha) is located in northeastern São Paulo State, 90 km of Ribeirão Preto and 400 km of São Paulo.

Guará was originally settled in 1750 by Joaquim, Manoel and Jerônimo Alves Figueiredo, from Minas Gerais, who founded the settlement of Laje, made a few huts. When the soil was exhausted by cultivation, a new borough was founded, 4 km of Laje. On 15 September 1902, Cristino Ribeiro de Paula, José Pedro Figueiredo (Zéca Nogueira) and Lindolfo Ribeiro dos Santos offered plots of land to the Companhia Mogiana de Estrada de Ferro e Navegação, which inaugurated a railway station on 1 August 1903 - the station was suppressed on 9 May 1979. Following the development of the town, the district of Guará was established, as part of the municipality of Ituverava, on 7 September 1914 by State Law No. 1,431. The municipality of Guará was established on 19 December 1925 by State Law No. 2,088 and inaugurated on 6 March 1926.

The name of Guará was suggested by the railway engineer Achiles Widulich, who was fascinated by the huge number of red (in Tupi- Guarani, "guará") animals found in the area, birds with white-pink feathered and, mostly mane wolves ("lobo-guará", lit., "a red wolf")). The station was therefore named Guará by its director, Francisco de Paula (Chico) Leão.

The flag of Guará is prescribed by Law no. 580 of 9 June 1980. The flag is red with a yellow triangle placed along the hoist and charged with the municipal coat of arms. The dimension of the flag is 14 units x 20 units. The length of the triangle is 13 units, while the height of the coat of arms is 6.5 units. - Municipal website

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The coat of arms of Guará, designed by Lauro Ribeiro Escobar, is "An Iberic shield or a wolf rampant gules a bordure of the first charged with three stars of the first in chief dexter and sinister and in base and three fig leaves vert veined of the first. The shield surmounted by an eight-towered mural crown argent ports sable. The shield supported dexter by a plant of cotton and sinister by a branch of coffee the two proper. Below the shield a scroll gules inscribed with the motto 'QUO NON ASCENDAM ?' [Where would I not climb?] in letters or. - Municipal website

The wolf, undoubtedly, makes the arms canting. It represents indeed a mane wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus Illiger), a South American species of Canidae found in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and northern Argentina. IUCN lists the species as NT (Near Threatened). The animal looks rather like a red fox. - IUCN record for the mane wolf
Ivan Sache, 11 November 2012