Brazil, Pantanal Safari: Birds & Jaguars : Sep 01—13, 2014

A Special Departure for New Jersey Audubon

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Departs: Cuiaba
Tour Limit: 14
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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Tour Leaders

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Andrew Whittaker

Andrew Whittaker was born in England but considers himself to be Brazilian, having moved to ...


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Dale Rosselet

Dale Rosselet has been with New Jersey Audubon since 1983. She has worked in the education d...


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David Ascanio

David Ascanio, a Venezuelan birder and naturalist, has spent 33 years guiding birding tours ...


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Tour of Brazil’s famed Pantanal region, one of the world’s premier birding and wildlife destinations; spectacular birding and mammal viewing for Hyacinth Macaws, Jabirus, Jaguars, Giant Otters, and many other birds and mammals. Optional pre-trip visits spectacular Iguaçu Falls.

For this trip, arranged exclusively for members of New Jersey Audubon, we present a birding and wildlife safari to the famed Pantanal region in the heart of southern Brazil. Leading this trip are Dale Rosselet, Vice President of Education for New Jersey Audubon, and VENT leader David Ascanio, an expert on South American birds. 

Hyacinth Macaws at nest, August 2012, Porto Jofre

Hyacinth Macaws at nest, August 2012, Porto Jofre— Photo: Kevin J. Zimmer

 

Lying in the seasonally flooded basin of the Paraguay River, the vast lowlands of the Pantanal are home to countless numbers of waterbirds, raptors, and other wildlife. The abundance and diversity of large mammals—Capybara, Marsh Deer, Black Howler Monkey, Giant Anteater, Brazilian Tapir, Giant Otter, Crab-eating Fox, Coatimundi, Ocelot, and Jaguar—coupled with throngs of herons, ibis, storks, raptors, and kingfishers—is reminiscent of Africa.

Among the avian prizes we will seek are Greater Rhea, Snail Kite, Maguari Stork, Jabiru, Plumbeous Ibis, Southern Screamer, Chaco Chachalaca, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Chestnut-bellied Guan, Bare-faced Curassow, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, Red-legged Seriema, Nacunda Nighthawk, the incomparable Hyacinth Macaw, Turquoise-fronted Parrot, Toco Toucan, White Woodpecker, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Mato Grosso Antbird, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Orange-backed Troupial, and many others. 

VIDEO: VENT/New Jersey Audubon, Brazil: Pantanal & Chapada dos Guimaraes 2014, by David Ascanio

Other highlights include waterholes ringed by hundreds of Caimans, Capybara, and wading birds; a Jabiru-viewing tower; a three-night stay on the Cuiaba River; and close encounters with wild Jaguars!

An optional pre-trip visits Iguaçu Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world, for sightseeing and fine birding in the forests of the surrounding national park.

Good food and accommodations throughout, with air-conditioned cabins and private bathrooms (hot showers); easy terrain; most birding along lightly-traveled gravel roads or on good, flat trails; full mornings of birding with post-lunch breaks on most days; river trips on some days in the Pantanal focusing on searching for Jaguars; climate generally dry and warm to hot.