Chris Evers, Director & Founder of Animal Embassy, is in the final stretch of his two-week journey throughout the Pantanal region of Brazil, one of the world's largest wetlands. This trip is part of Chris' life-long pursuit to learn about, study and photograph critically endangered species around the globe. He is seeking out Jaguars, Giant otters, Hyacinth macaws, Giant anteaters and Caimans.
Chris traveled on the Transpantaneira Road to head deeper into the Pantanal, to an area called Porto Jofre. He spent three nights on a "hotel boat" and four days searching for Jaguars along the Cuiaba River. Blistering hot temperatures, early mornings, a good guide, boat driver, patience, persistence, a lot of water and copious amounts of sun screen paid off. Chris captured many beautiful photos of Jaguars (Panthera onca). It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when the Jaguar above appeared as it stalked the banks of an area of the Cuiaba River referred to as "The Brothers." The big cat seemed unconcerned with the presence of humans as he stalked the edge of the river for Capybaras and Caiman. As the cat worked its way up-river, the alarm call of Capybaras broke the relative silence.
The Jaguar pictured above was relaxing, in the shade, on the bank, during the hottest part of the day.
With jaguars and pumas stalking the banks of the rivers, Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), pictured above, the largest rodents, huddle together for safety. If one of these cats is detected, the family first surrounds the little babies, lets out a harsh alarm call, and then plunges into the river for safety.
These little baby Paraguayan caimans (Caiman yacare) had just hatched when Chris came upon them. With a whole host of predators in the area, he gave them a helping hand to the pond where their mother was sure to be close-by to assume her role as protector. A band of Coatis were hunting in the vicinity.
Pictured above is a Ring-tailed Coati (Nasua nasua). This Coati was close to a Caiman nest. Coatis are in the raccoon family and often travel in groups as they hunt the forest and open areas for insects, reptiles, amphibians, eggs, fruit and rodents.
Above, a Caiman yawning in the early morning hours.
Above, as the sun rose over the water hole, the sheer number of animals became even clearer as thousands of animals took shape on the surface.
At Animal Embassy, we are offered parrots for adoption or rescue on a regular basis. Long-lived, and highly intelligent, these birds can be extremely difficult captives. Many end up depressed and live much shorter lives than their wild relatives. Pictured above is a Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus).
Above, a striking Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloropterus).
Above, Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus). Along the way, Chris encountered some of the wild relatives of one of our rescued and adopted Animal Ambassador. Severak months before Chris left for his trip, Animal Embassy adopted a Monk parakeet that had landed in the backyard of a North Stamford family. The band on the parakeet’s foot clearly indicated that he had been born in captivity and was a displaced pet. Above, this wild Monk parakeet is feeding on a mango with his friends and family in the wilds of the Pantanal, a wonderful place for them to be!