Pantanal Flooded Savannas
About the Area
The region is noted for huge seasonal aggregations of water birds and Caiman (Caiman latirostris). Selected species include the enormous - nearly 5 feet tall - Jabiru stork (Jabiru mycteria), Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), Jaguar (Panthera onca), and the Broad-nosed caiman (Caiman latirostris).
Agricultural expansion, charcoal production, water projects, pollution, gold mining, mercury pollution, over fishing, uncontrolled nature tourism, and road construction pose severe threats to the Pantanal.
171,000 sq. km (66,000 sq. miles)
Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Central South America: Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay
Where do Broad-nosed caimans keep their eggs?
Broad-nosed caimans deposit their eggs in large domed nests. When the eggs hatch, the females open the nests and help their young into the water!