Under threat! The natural wonder of the Pantanal

Exploring the largest tropical wetland in the world

Stars Insider

19/06/24 | StarsInsider

TRAVEL Pantanal

The Pantanal, the world's largest freshwater wetland, is burning! Over the last few months vast swathes of this beautiful but fragile ecosystem has been destroyed by devastating forest fires, mostly caused by human activities. 

Extreme drought throughout 2020 has blighted the region. Rainfall is 50% less than it was the previous year which has left some lakes, rivers, and swamps completely dry. Compounding these effects of climate change is deforestation of the nearby Amazon. Together with the mostly illegal burning of land by farmers for cattle and soy, ideal conditions for the spread of these fires have been created—and now they are burning out of control! 

The Pantanal boasts an extraordinary concentration and diversity of flora and fauna, and the entire region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A rare and delicate environment, some of its wildlife numbers among the scarcest and most threatened in the world. And now it faces a new and perilous danger.   

Browse the gallery and take a look out how this remarkable destination should look like, and how it should remain!

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