Discovering the Pantanal, South America’s Best Wildlife Destination
Expedition Leader Cassiano "Zapa" Zaniboni takes you on a virtual safari through his home country’s legendary wildlife refuge, Brazil’s Pantanal. This incredibly biodiverse wetland—the largest on the planet—sprawls across the heart of South America. Covering over 81,000 square miles, it’s 10 times the size of the Everglades and contains a variety of ecosystems that host a great array of species. We explore the mosaic of marshy channels and dry islands that support an astonishing number of animals: 10 million caiman, 650 bird species and 100 different mammals including the capybara (world’s largest rodent), maned wolf, and jaguar. Sporting a gorgeous spotted coat marked with dark rosettes, the jaguar often lives ear water and is a strong (and avid) swimmer. Its ultra-strong jaws can bite through a crocodile skull or turtle shell, but they prey on just about anything they come across, including deer, armadillos, monkeys and lizards. Though jaguars are elusive and relentless habitat destruction is causing their numbers to decline, there is no better place on Earth to spot them than the Pantanal – and we usually do! Join Zapa, who is an accomplished nature photographer, for this deep dive into Brazil’s most impressive wildlife sanctuary, and get a preview along the way of Nat Hab’s exotic Brazil adventure.
Originally presented April 2, 2021
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