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Pantanal Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide

…the ideal birder’s companion

Pantanal Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide to Brazil's Great Wetland by James Lowen - Bradt 2010 - ISBN 9781841623054 The Pantanal of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay is South America's Serengeti: its wetlands are the largest on earth (they're half the size of France) and, in the dry season, crocodiles and storks jostle to gobble the last of the dying fish. Here, the continent's largest cat, the jaguar, lives alongside giant otters, anacondas and the world's largest parrot.

A comprehensive introduction to the best place to watch wildlife in South America, and beautifully illustrated throughout, Bradt's Pantanal Wildlife is the only portable book to cover all the main wildlife groups while focussing exclusively on the Pantanal.

So says Bradt about its own guide and goes on to aver that this guide is:

• The first book to cover the best areas to search for particular wildlife specialities – and to give tips on how to find, identify and enjoy them
• Written by a South American wildlife expert, it includes entertaining snippets on behaviour and biology
• 80% of the Pantanal falls within Brazil, whose foreign tourism increased by 20% from 2002 to 2006

I concur – the truth is I like guides like this as they are the ideal birder’s companion. I’ve said it before, when I go birding to a new area I love to see other wildlife too and always want to know what I’ve seen but would want a bag full of other filedguides to the variety of Taxa. Moreover, such a guide gives you so much more in terms of background and colour that it is spot on.

It also happens that James Lowen is one of my favourite photographers of South American fauna and my only criticism of the book is that the print does not always do the photographs justice.