Pantanal Journals

Pantanal on an Earthwatch Expedition

A July 2006 trip to Pantanal by Norman

Capybaras Photo, More Photos
Quote: I traveled to the Pantanal in Brazil as a volunteer with Earthwatch. There I participated in field research and observed a wide variety of animals.

Pantanal on an Earthwatch Expedition

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Overview

Capybaras Photo,
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The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland wilderness, south of the Equator in Brazil’s southern inland area, near the Bolivian and Paraguay border. The area is known for its diverse population of animals which is quite visible during the dry season, June to November. During the wet season approximately 80% of the area is flooded. The Pantanal is home to over 3.000 species of plants and well over 1,000 species of animals. The climate is warm in the summer and moderate in the winter. During my stay I experienced temperatures climbing briefly to 90 degrees F. in the afternoon, but quickly dropping in the evening with lows around 60 degrees F. During my 2 week stay I saw many animals. To n...Read More

Pousada Ararauna at Santa Emilia Farm

Hotel | "Pousada Ararauna"

Pousada Ararauna at Santa Emilia Farm Photo, Pantanal, Brazil
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The lodge that served as our base was the Pousada Arauna. It is a wonderful place that would rival any hotel, no less being over 200 miles form ‘civilization.’ The lodge does serve tourists who travel to the Pantanal to experience its beauty and biodiversity. The apartments are air-conditioned each with a private bathroom. The grounds are beautiful. Animals roam in and out on a regular basis. There is a screened outside room, and open covered area with hammocks, and a swimming pool. The meals are served buffet style with several choices at every meal and plenty to eat. The Brazilian food was quite good, prepared fresh for every meal. Have you ever had piranha soup? The Pousada is ow...Read More

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Pousada Ararauna at Santa Emilia Farm
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Peccaries Research

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Peccary  Inserting a Chip Photo,
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Peccaries are hog-like animals that primarily eat fruits and plants. A full grown peccary measure 3 to 4 feet in length and weighs between 45 and 90 pounds. They form herds and have large ranges. Peccaries are important prey for large carnivores in the Pantanal. The research objectives were to provide populations estimates of the peccaries and feral pigs, estimate seasonal and annual range areas using radio telemetry, and document their environmental role in the region. This required safely capturing peccaries for placing radio collars and identification chips and then tracking them using radio telemetry. The peccaries were captured in both large fenced in pens about 6 feet b...Read More

Bats Research

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Bat in Hand Photo,
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As part of the Earthwatch expedition I participated in bats research in the Pantanal. Of course this was a late night activity. We would leave the Pousada at 5pm and drive to the location where we would set out the mist nets hoping to capture bats. The mist nets are very fine with 4 horizontal sections with pockets at the bottom of each section. The bats would fly into the nets and drop down into the pockets. Then the researchers would have the challenge of removing the bat from the nets. We would check the nets every half hour, and keep the nets up until midnight. We would capture 8 to 16 bats a night, though one evening they caught 37. Once captured, each bat was placed in a cloth bag and...Read More