September 2019, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Finished up our jaguar expedition. This was our inaugural trip this season. I did a scouting trip last season out here and it was so great I had to run this trip. Brazil is an amazing place for wildlife with really great megafauna. I am truly in love with this part of the world. We averaged 4 - 5 different jaguars each day we were out here, and in the end, encountered 11 different jaguars for the trip.
The Pantanal is so rich in wildlife and everyday that we were out there, we never knew what we were going to see. Along with the big cats, and countless birds, we also encountered, capybaras, spectacled caiman, giant river otters, howler monkeys, marsh deer, yellow anacondas, peccaries, crab eating foxes - and I am proud to say, during our night safari, we saw ocelots! A cat I have been dreaming of encountering for a very long time. We didn’t see any giant anteaters or tapirs, which was a bummer, but there is always next season.
I do have to say this was an exhausting trip, but in a great way. We definitely made the most of all our time out here. We would wake up very early, and not just because the Hyacinth macaws were eating breakfast in the trees right outside our hotel rooms, making one hell of a racket (I do miss that), but because we were itching to get the days started and the mornings are some of the best for wildlife. This trip is really rich with life and is a must do for any wildlife enthusiast. Super pumped for next season and some exciting add on plans to the trip.
Anyway, here are some of our images from the trip, hope you enjoy…
Thanks again to our friends who joined us for this amazing adventure. Until the next one…