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The Pantanal is the world's largest freshwater wetland ecosystem, spanning parts of Brazil, Boliva and Paraguay. Housing the greatest concentration of flora and fauna in the Americas, it stands as an ecological paradise and a natural wonder of outstanding beauty. During the wet season, flood waters pour into the delta from the highlands, raising water levels by several meters before they recede again. The annual flood pulse attracts many of the region's charismatic species including jaguars, hyacinth macaws and giant otters.

The Pantanal is recognised as a World Heritage Site by the IUCN and a Ramsar Site of International Importance. Further areas are designated as National Parks, although the area suffers nonetheless from water pollution, dams, mining, road construction, charcoal production and the advancing agricultural frontier.

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Single-photographer portfolios from this region can be browsed under the search term "Staffan Widstrand Pantanal".

Lily pads of Giant / Royal water lily (Victoria amazonica) Pantanal, Brazil.  -  Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Lily pads of Giant / Royal water lily (Victoria amazonica) Pantanal, Brazil.
Aerial view of the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Aerial view of the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil
Aerial view of the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Aerial view of the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil
Man looking at view over Pantanal NP World Heritage Site Brazil South America  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Man looking at view over Pantanal NP World Heritage Site Brazil South America
Blue fronted amazon parrot holding citrus fruit in claw, Brazil.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Blue fronted amazon parrot holding citrus fruit in claw, Brazil.
Jabiru storks roosting in tree at sunset {Jabiru mycteria} Pantanal, Brazil.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Jabiru storks roosting in tree at sunset {Jabiru mycteria} Pantanal, Brazil.
Hyacinth macaw {Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus} flying. Pantanal, Brazil.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Hyacinth macaw {Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus} flying. Pantanal, Brazil.
Toco toucan in tree {Ramphastos toco} Pantanal, Brazil  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Toco toucan in tree {Ramphastos toco} Pantanal, Brazil
Young male Jaguar portrait {Panthera onca} Pantanal, Brazil  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Young male Jaguar portrait {Panthera onca} Pantanal, Brazil
Wild Jaguar {Panthera onca} lying on sand bank by river, and vultures, Pantanal, Brazil.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Jaguar {Panthera onca} lying on sand bank by river, and vultures, Pantanal, Brazil.
Giant Otter swimming (Pteronura braziliensis) Pixiam river, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil.  -  Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Giant Otter swimming (Pteronura braziliensis) Pixiam river, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Giant Otter (Pteronura braziliensis) feeding on Piranah fish, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil.  -  Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Giant Otter (Pteronura braziliensis) feeding on Piranah fish, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) perched in palm tree, silhouetted at sunset, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil, sequence 2/3. Endangered  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) perched in palm tree, silhouetted at sunset, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil, sequence 2/3. Endangered
Jabiru stork (Jabiru mycteria) pair on nest at sunset, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Jabiru stork (Jabiru mycteria) pair on nest at sunset, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Great egret {Ardea alba} head portrait, Pantanal NP, Mato grosso, Brazil  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Great egret {Ardea alba} head portrait, Pantanal NP, Mato grosso, Brazil
Great white egret {Ardea alba} fishing in river, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Great white egret {Ardea alba} fishing in river, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Capybara feeding in wetlands {Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris} Pantanal, Brazil  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Capybara feeding in wetlands {Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris} Pantanal, Brazil
Capybara {Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris} Pantanal, Brazil  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Capybara {Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris} Pantanal, Brazil
Giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) Serra da Bodoquena. Mato Grosso do Sul Province, Pantanal, BRAZIL.  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) Serra da Bodoquena. Mato Grosso do Sul Province, Pantanal, BRAZIL.
Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and cattle in the Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul State, Western Brazil. Endangered  -  Luiz Claudio Marigo
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Luiz Claudio Marigo / Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and cattle in the Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul State, Western Brazil. Endangered
Zebu cattle in the Pantanal, Brazil.  -  Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Zebu cattle in the Pantanal, Brazil.
Cowboy / Vaqueiro on horseback with working draught cattle, Pantanal, Brazil.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Cowboy / Vaqueiro on horseback with working draught cattle, Pantanal, Brazil.
Cowboy / Vaqueiro portrait, Pantanal, Brazil.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Cowboy / Vaqueiro portrait, Pantanal, Brazil.
Cowboy of the Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil  -  Luiz Claudio Marigo
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Luiz Claudio Marigo / Cowboy of the Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Red bellied piranha (Serrasalmus / Pygocentrus nattereri) pantanal wetlands, Brazil.  photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005  -  Peter Scoones
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Peter Scoones / Red bellied piranha (Serrasalmus / Pygocentrus nattereri) pantanal wetlands, Brazil. photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005
RF- Close up of Piranha teeth (Serrasalmus). Pantanal, Brazil. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / RF- Close up of Piranha teeth (Serrasalmus). Pantanal, Brazil. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Red bellied piranha in hand {Serra salmus sp.} Pantanal, Brazil  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Red bellied piranha in hand {Serra salmus sp.} Pantanal, Brazil
Man with Piranha caught on fishing line {Piranha sp} Pantanal, Brazil.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Man with Piranha caught on fishing line {Piranha sp} Pantanal, Brazil.
RF- Yacaré caiman (Caiman yacare) close up of open mouth. Pantanal, Brazil. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / RF- Yacaré caiman (Caiman yacare) close up of open mouth. Pantanal, Brazil. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Spectacled caiman underwater reflection (Caiman crocodilus) Pantanal, Brazil photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005  -  Peter Scoones
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Peter Scoones / Spectacled caiman underwater reflection (Caiman crocodilus) Pantanal, Brazil photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005
Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodylus) with Piranha in mouth. Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil.  -  Michel Roggo
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Michel Roggo / Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodylus) with Piranha in mouth. Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Spectacled Caiman / Jacare in shallows (Caiman crocodilus) Pantanal, Brazil.  -  Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Spectacled Caiman / Jacare in shallows (Caiman crocodilus) Pantanal, Brazil.
Dorado (Salminus maxillosus) amongst Piraputangas (Brycon microlepis) Pantanal, Brazil. photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005  -  Peter Scoones
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Peter Scoones / Dorado (Salminus maxillosus) amongst Piraputangas (Brycon microlepis) Pantanal, Brazil. photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005
Piraputangas (Brycon microlepis / hilarii) Pantanal wetlands, Brazil.  photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005  -  Peter Scoones
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Peter Scoones / Piraputangas (Brycon microlepis / hilarii) Pantanal wetlands, Brazil. photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005
Dorado (Salminus maxillosus) turning to lunge at feeding Piraputangas (Brycon microlepis) Pantanal, Brazil. photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005  -  Peter Scoones
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Peter Scoones / Dorado (Salminus maxillosus) turning to lunge at feeding Piraputangas (Brycon microlepis) Pantanal, Brazil. photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005
Piraputangas (Brycon microlepis / hilarii) Pantanal wetlands, Brazil.  photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005  -  Peter Scoones
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Peter Scoones / Piraputangas (Brycon microlepis / hilarii) Pantanal wetlands, Brazil. photographed during making of BBC Planet Earth series 2005
Green winged macaw (Ara chloroptera) flying, Chapada dos Guimaraes, Mato Grosso, Brazil  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Green winged macaw (Ara chloroptera) flying, Chapada dos Guimaraes, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Bare faced curassow (Crax fasciolata) running, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Bare faced curassow (Crax fasciolata) running, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Black Collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis) displaying wings spread, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Black Collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis) displaying wings spread, Pantanal, Brazil
Black collared hawk (Busarellus nigricollis) in flight, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Black collared hawk (Busarellus nigricollis) in flight, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Brazilian Tapir swimming {Tapirus terrestris} Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Brazilian Tapir swimming {Tapirus terrestris} Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) amongst the flowers of an Ip Tree, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) amongst the flowers of an Ip Tree, Pantanal, Brazil
Police officer in macaw shaped telephone booth Pantanal, Brazil  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Police officer in macaw shaped telephone booth Pantanal, Brazil
Tourists watching  Giant otter {Pteronura brasiliensis} Pixaim river, Pantanal Brazil  -  Luiz Claudio Marigo
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Luiz Claudio Marigo / Tourists watching Giant otter {Pteronura brasiliensis} Pixaim river, Pantanal Brazil
Jaguar, male in grass {Panthera onca} captive Pantanal, Brazil NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADVERTISING  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Jaguar, male in grass {Panthera onca} captive Pantanal, Brazil NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADVERTISING
Jaguar resting in tree {Panthera onca} Pantanal, Brazil, captive  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Jaguar resting in tree {Panthera onca} Pantanal, Brazil, captive
Jaguar {Panthera onca} head profile, captive Pantanal, Brazil  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Jaguar {Panthera onca} head profile, captive Pantanal, Brazil
Wild Jaguar, old male walking {Panthera onca} Pantanal, Brazil  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Jaguar, old male walking {Panthera onca} Pantanal, Brazil
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