About Brazil

A biodiversity treasure like no other

Red-and-green macaw (Ara chloropterus), Mato Grosso, Brazil. / ©: WWF-Canon / Michel GUNTHER
Red-and-green macaw (Ara chloropterus), Mato Grosso, Brazil.
© WWF-Canon / Michel GUNTHER
Brazil is located in the central east region of South America and covers about 47% of the continental area. It is the fifth largest country in the world after Russia, Canada, China, and the United States.

To say that Brazil has a rich natural heritage would be a massive understatement. Some of the most biodiverse regions in the world are found here, including the Amazon, the cerrado, the Atlantic Forest and the Pantanal among others.

The country also has some of the largest reserves of fresh water in the world and a third of the world's remaining tropical forests. One in every 10 existing species of plants and animals is thought to live in the above regions.

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