The central Pantanal and Porto Jofre

Capybara: World's largest rodent, abundant hereScarlet-headed Blackbird The Pantanal of Mato Grosso, a vast grassy lowland at the heart of South America that is home to the greatest concentration of wildlife on the continent is the world's largest freshwater wetland and, therefore, one of the world's best birding areas. The numbers of birds, especially in the dry season (Jul-Oct) has to be seen to be believed. A dead-end dirt road, known as the "Transpantaneira", pierces the Pantanal. Birding from this road can produce over 100 species in a day, and still chances to spot rare mammals such as Giant Anteater, Marsh Deer, Giant Otter and even Jaguars.

Along the Transpantaneira road, the central Pantanal is the most preserved, here Capybaras (the world’s largest rodent) are found in big numbers along the road and Brazilian Tapirs are still common, and so are their natural predators...Jaguars.

Indeed, the most reliable place in South America to find a Jaguar is in the Pantanal, and inside there, the central Pantanal is where the highest populations are concentrated. Jaguar radio track research is been doing in the same area where we will overnight, so our chances are very high.

The avifauna of the surrounding area support some specialties such as Bare-faced Curassow, the Brazilian endemic Chesnut-bellied Guan, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Plumbeous & Buff-necked Ibises, Southern Screamer, Long-tailed Ground-Dove, Great & Gray Potoos, Scissor-tailed Nightjar, the threatened Hyacinth Macaw, Golden-collared Macaw, Scaly-headed Parrot, Peach-fronted Parakeet, White Woodpecker, Red-billed Scythebill, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Rufous Casiornis, White-eyed Attila, Gray-crested Cacholote, Fawn-breasted Wren, Red-crested Cardinal, Shiny & Bay-winged Cowbirds, and many more.

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