quarta-feira, 14 de julho de 2010

Meeting the Jaguar

This time I went deep in the jungle of the Brazilian Pantanal looking for the beautiful Jaguar. The Pantanal is one of the biggest floodable land with the biggest bio-diversity of South America also considered an important biosphere reserve. The total area is around 240,000 square kilometers and is situated in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.

Is really a paradise for wildlife lovers. But our main reason to be there was to find Jaguars. And we did it.The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest and most powerful feline in the Western Hemisphere. Weights are normally in the range of 56–96 kilograms (124–211 lb), but larger males have been recorded at 159 kilograms (350 lb).
The Jaguar is a largely solitary, stalk-and-ambush predator, and is opportunistic in prey selection. It is also an apex and keystone predator, playing an important role in stabilizing ecosystems and regulating the populations of prey species. It has also the most powerful bite among the other big cats.

We spend 10 days looking for it and we had 2 brief encounters and 1 encounter that last for at least 2 hours. Definitely the Pantanal is the best place on earth to find these animals and film them!