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A ranch hand holds a dorado he has caught in the flooded forest on Barra Bansa ranch in Brazil.

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Wildlife spotter and guide in the rear-view mirror of his vehicle on the Rio Negro ranch in Brazil.

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A bus overloads a fragile bridge on the Transpantaniera highway in Brazil.

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A maned wolf takes its own picture by triggering a camera trap’s infra-red beam in Brazil’s Pantanal. The species has developed very long legs which are useful for seeing over the tall grasses in the region.

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A horses hooves sink into soil during the dry season at Barra Mansa Ranch near Rio Negro in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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All’s wet during the ‘full’ season in the Brazilian Pantanal, an array of seasonally flooded lowlands which makes for ideal habitat for a rich array of biodiversity.

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Pantanieros (cowboys) on a ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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A jabiru stork brings soft grasses to line its nest, oblivious to the destruction brought to the rest of the forest by bulldozers. Land is being cleared in the Brazilian Pantanal for development and agriculture at an alarming rate, threatening this wetland ecosystem.

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A giant anteater is bottle-fed on a ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal region. The animal was orphaned as an infant and hand raised by ranch hands. For a while after its release, it returned for its regular feedings but it eventually ventured out on its own.

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A freshwater stingray in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) consumes fish in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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A caiman waits for the right moment to snap its jaws and catch a fish in a swollen river in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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Caiman crowd around a waterfall hoping for an easy meal at Caiman Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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