About this book
The Pantanal of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay is South America's Serengeti: its wetlands are the largest on earth (they're half the size of France) and, in the dry season, crocodiles and storks jostle to gobble the last of the dying fish. Here, the continent's largest cat, the jaguar, lives alongside giant otters, anacondas and the
world's largest parrot. A comprehensive introduction to the best place to watch wildlife in South America, and beautifully illustrated throughout, Bradt's Pantanal Wildlife is the only portable book to cover all the main wildlife groups while focussing exclusively on the Pantanal.
Bradt's fully illustrated wildlife guides focus on regions of the world particularly celebrated for their amazing and often unique species. With spectacular photography or exclusive watercolour drawings throughout, each visitors' guide provides an introduction to the region's principal flora and fauna alongside suggested wildlife itineraries, practical information on when to go and what to take and photography tips. Written in a deliberately engaging way, they offer something different from dry field guides, and will appeal to the interested layman as much as the wildlife devotee. Ideal as a lightweight companion to any wildlife trip they also make a handsome souvenir.
About the author
Based in Argentina, James Lowen is a wildlife writer, editor, photographer and lecturer. He is editor of the only magazine to focus on birdwatching in Latin America.
Introduction 2, About this book 4, What’s in a name? 5
The Australian environment 3
Geography and geology 8, Climate 9, The
Human connection 10, Conservation 13, Habitats 14
Anteaters and armadillos 20, Primates 24, Carnivores 27,
Ungulates 39, Bats 43, Rodents and rabbits 46, Marsupials 49
Ground birds 52, Waterbirds 54, Raptors 62, Guans 65,
Parrots and their allies 66, Near-passerines 69, Passerines 78
Reptiles, amphibians and fish 89
Reptiles 90, Amphibians 99, Fish 102
Insects 106, Arachnids 114, Centipedes, snails
and crustaceans 117
Where to go 119
Mato Grosso (Brazil) 121, Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil) 138,
Paraguay 144, Bolivia 148
Top tips 151
Finding wildlife 152, Practicalities 160,
Wildlife photography 162
Further information 163
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