- Pantanal Wetlands
- 19,000,000 ha
- Habitat Type:
- Freshwater Wetlands
- Mato Grosso, Brazil
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Pantanal Wetlands – Description
Starting only a 75 minute drive from Cuiabá, the Pantanal Wetlands are world famous for wildlife viewing. It is the planet’s largest continuous freshwater wetland system.
The Pantanal wetlands covers 19,000,000 hectares of habitat, 10 times larger than the Everglades, and is fed by the Paraguay River. The Transpantaneira is the only all year route running into the area (see: how to get to the Pantanal).
The actual park itself, the Parque Nacional do Pantanal Matogrossense includes 135,000 ha of habitat with the rest of the Pantanal being privately owned. Along with some smaller privately owned reserves, the park was recognised a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000.
Pantanal Animals and Wildlife
The concentration of flora and fauna on the Pantanal wetlands is spectacular and world renowned. This is due to the annual floods from tropical rains feeding the giant nursery of life. The area is home to
230 types of fish, 80 species of mammal, 650 species of bird, and 50 different types of reptile.
The species of the Pantanal include:
The concentration of wildlife is thought to be the highest in the Americas, which is why the area is referred to as an ecological paradise. Some species hard to spot in the Amazon can be found here in abundance. Additionally, the Pantanal Wetlands are an important migration route for many species of bird.
Pantanal Wetlands – Visiting the Pantanal