Located between the Amazon, Atlantic Forests and Pantanal, the Cerrado is the largest savanna region in South America
Lurking among the arid grasslands and shrubbery one finds such large mammals as the jaguar
), maned wolf
), giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla
), giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus
) and marsh deer (Blastocerus dichotomus
Taking shelter in many of the region's characteristic twisted and gnarled trees are hundreds of bird species, like the red-legged seriema (Cariama cristata
), the critically endangered Spix's macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii
), and many more.
There are also over 10,000 species of plants, almost half of which are found nowhere else in the world.
A desperado cerrado
The Cerrado is one of the most threatened and over-exploited regions in Brazil, second only to the Atlantic Forests in vegetation loss and deforestation.
Unsustainable agricultural activities, particularly soy production
and cattle ranching, as well as burning of vegetation for charcoal, continue to pose a major threat to the Cerrado's biodiversity.
Despite its environmental importance, it is one of the least protected regions in Brazil.