Adventure Travel Photo of the Day - - Horses in the Pantanal, Brazil - Dafna Ben-nun

Nothing Will Stop Us, Pantanal Wetlands, Brazil

Photograph by Dafna Ben-nun

Spreading over a vast area in excess of 50,000 square miles, the Pantanal is one of the world’s largest wetlands. During the rainy season from November through March, around eighty percent of the Pantanal floodplain is submerged, playing host to an incredible array of flora & fauna.

 While many of the resident animals of the Pantanal are aquatic, a vast array of perhaps as many as 1,000 bird species -some year round natives and others migratory – and even larger predators including the Jaguar call this diverse ecosystem home.

The Pantanal is under threat from many fronts. Deforestation, as in many areas of Brazil, is a huge threat, resulting in loss of habitat and soil erosion. Much of the land in the Pantanal is privately owned and thousands of acres are utilized for ranching and agriculture. Commercial fishing and sport fishing are steadily increasing in the Pantanal, and many worry that the fishing methods are not sustainable.

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