Fauna in Brazil

Brazil, with its immense and varied geographic terrain and stunning biodiversity, is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world for nature lovers. With rain forests, grasslands, wetlands, savannas, and coastal waters filled with marine life, it is paradise for animal enthusiasts.
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Pink River Dolphin
Brazil has followed its own unique evolutionary trajectory, and has an incredible number of interesting species to show for it: sea turtles, spider monkeys, three-toed sloths, scarlet macaws, and pink river dolphins, are just a few.
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And to get to the places where you can observe such wildlife is always an adventure: canyon trips, boating through the Amazon, horseback rides in the Pantanal, and canopy walks through the treetops.

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Animals
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Brazil is home to more species of mammal than any country in the world. The best places for observing them are the Pantanal and the Amazon. If you're headed to the Amazon, plan on using Manaus as a base. In the Pantanal, expect to find jaguars, and giant anteaters that can grow over 2m long! Another special treat of the Pantanal is the Capybara, a large, and often endearing, rodent that travels in large herds and grows up to 70kg.

In the Amazon, you're likely to encounter a wide variety of monkey species, including spider, capuchin, howler, and squirrel. Be forewarned, however, that monkeys that feel threatened may pelt you with excrement. For some real excitement, try to spot a Brazilian tapir. These enormous horse-like animals are nocturnal, spending night-time foraging for roots and leaves. Another uniquely Brazilian animal is the coati, found in most forested areas. It is something of a cross between a dog and a raccoon, and possesses a long, flexible snout for searching for food.

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Marine Life
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Brazilian CapybaraNot only on Brazil's lengthy coastline, but in its numerous rivers as well, will you find an impressive array of marine life. Head to the Amazon or Orinoco rivers to spot the famous pink dolphin, or the giant otter. On the coast, head to Santa Catarina to see the impressive southern right whale, which grows up to 20m, and Fernando do Noronha to see the spinner dolphins in masses.
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=> And of course, the Amazon boasts an impressive number of fish species: most famously the piranha, but also the Amazon Manatee, and the gigantic pirarucu.

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Birds
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Brazil boasts over 1700 species of birds. Toucans can be readily spotted in all forested parts of Brazil, while in the Brazilian Northeast, you'll find herds of spectacular scarlet ibis. Macaws are a staple of tropical rain forests, while the harpy eagle, with its weight of up to 10kg and wingspan of up to 2.5m, is Brazil's most impressive bird of prey, dieting on animals as big as monkeys and sloths.
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