Platforms provide panoramic views of Chaco-Pantanal

 
View over the Chao-Pantanal reserve in Paraguay, from the viewing tower.

Staff at Three Giants Biological Station in the Chaco-Pantanal are constructing lookout towers beside trails in the reserve to enable researchers and visitors to monitor birds and other wildlife in the forest canopy. Three Giants is owned and managed by Guyra Paraguay, the Paraguayan conservation partner of World Land Trust (WLT).

Work has started on the first viewing platform, which is being built on the Tatu Carreta trail, one of the reserve’s newest paths. At just over a kilometre long, the Tatu Carreta trail expands the reserve’s facilities for visitors and provides new options for camera traps. (Tatu Carreta is the local name for Giant Armadillo.)

Three Giants is named after the three giant species native to the area: Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and Giant Armadillo (Priodontes maximus). Jaguars (Panthera onca), Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus) and Lowland Tapirs (Tapirus terrestris) are also found in and around the reserve.

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The winning image of a Jaguar from the recent WLT International Trail Camera Competition was recorded by a remote camera overlooking one of the trails of the reserve.

Ranger Edenilson Cabañas was one of the first people to try out the viewing platform; his post is funded by WLT’s Keepers of the Wild programme.

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WLT supports conservation efforts in the Chaco-Pantanal by funding wildlife rangers. You can help protect wildlife at Three Giants by making a donation to WLT’s Keepers of the Wild fund.

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