Brazil is the largest country in South America and in fact is so large that it accounts for 48% of the continents area, it is the 5th largest country in the world, with the USA being just a little bigger. There is a range of areas in Brazil that are good for wildlife, not least the Amazon rainforest which still accounts for more than 3 million square km (roughly 1.27 million square miles).
Ecosystems found in this countries include
– The Amazon is the largest and is 3 times the size of the next biggest which is the Congo rainforest of Africa – The Cerrado is a vast tropical savannah in central Brazil which covers around 2 million square km. The area hosts over 800 species of bird, over 160 species of mammal, 150 amphibian species and 120 reptiles. – The Pantanal is a vast wetland, indeed the largest tropical wetland in the world. Because of its open nature, it is often far easier to see wildlife than in the Amazon. Species found there include giant Anteaters, Marsh Deer, Hyacinth Macaws and jaguars. However, 656 bird species have been recorded, along with 3500 plant species, 325 fish species, 159 mammals, 53 amphibian and 98 reptiles – The Atlantic rainforest is far smaller than the Amazon and only about 200,000 square km remain. A wide range of wildlife remains, though the Atlantic forest is greatly reduced from its historic size, and fragmentation is a serious threat to the remaining wildlife. This includes jaguars, golden lion tamarins, woolly spider monkeys, maned three-toed sloths and red-tailed parrots.
The oceans off the coast of Brazil are some incredibly biodiverse. It is not an area which has to date received much tourism, but that does not mean that these areas should be ignored. One of the reasons that this area is so exciting, is that it is recognized as one of the best places to see sharks. We await partners for the time being – do get in touch if you operate in this area.
We will add further ecosystems over time. We have already built pages for various places of wildlife interest in Brazil, but are awaiting partners, click here to browse them. They will all move to this page, as partners (big or small) join us. Whether you are a guide, work in hospitality or some other assistance for wild travel, we are interested in working with you.
Links to areas to visit will appear below. Please note, while it is not possible to add sightings to this map above. This is because the whole country is is a specific regional ecosystem. Over time every area will become clickable, so that you can access the ecosystem and record sightings.
Help us build up a map of where wildlife has been seen. Add any sightings of mammals that you encounter. As this map starts to be used, we will greatly reduce how long sightings remain free for anyone to see, so that hunters and poachers cannot use this as a resource. The idea is that over time we can build up an idea of exactly where we should look for them.