pantanalThe Pantanal is a tropical wetland and the world’s largest of any kind lies in the west of Brazil. The name comes from the Portuguese word “Pantano”, meaning wetland, bog, swamp or marsh. The Pantanal ecosystem is home to 3500 known plant species and to be home to 1000 bird species, 400 fish species, 300 mammalian species, 480 reptile species and over 9000 different subspecies of invertebrates.