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Our list of animals spotted during the trip to the Pantanal: 1. caiman
2. giant anteater(2)
5. capuchin monkey
6. boa constrictor
9. assorted parrots
11. brahma cattle
All these creatures were spotted easily in the course of the visit. All were seen within close proximity to locations visited by small numbers of tourists. According to the locals, more wild life can be seen here than in the Amazon region, given the dense jungle of the Amazon River and its region.
The regional town close to the river Parana' is Bonito. The town has been an agricultural center for generations with local farmers providing a supporting population. Crops developed nearby include corn, soybeans, and fodder for the vast herds of cattle, most often brahma cattle. Bonito now is home to a thriving tourist trade. The prevalence of animal life and features of the landscape make it an ideal destination for curious travelers willing to get out of Rio and Sao Paolo. Caverns recently discovered by locals exist as a result of limestone formations and seasonal rains. Natural springs provide habitat and clean water for animal life. In 2010, the state governor, Mr. Puccinelli, and President Luis Da Silva helped finance a central town development renewal, paving streets, redirecting traffic, and making the streets user friendly. All these assets have contributed to investment in hospitality business: hotels and restaurants are still a building.