Pantanal Matogrossense National Park

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Pantanal Matogrossense National Park
Parque Nacional do Pantanal Matogrossense
IUCN category II (national park)
Cuiabá River 06.JPG
The Cuiabá River and wetlands
Map showing the location of Pantanal Matogrossense National Park
Map showing the location of Pantanal Matogrossense National Park
Nearest city Rondonópolis, Mato Grosso
Coordinates 17°40′19″S 57°26′42″W / 17.672°S 57.445°W / -17.672; -57.445Coordinates: 17°40′19″S 57°26′42″W / 17.672°S 57.445°W / -17.672; -57.445
Area 135,606 hectares (335,090 acres)
Designation National park
Created 24 September 1981
Administrator ICMBio

The Pantanal Matogrossense National Park (Portuguese: Parque Nacional do Pantanal Matogrossense) is a national park in the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

Location[edit]

Pantanal Matogrossense National Park has an area of 135,606 hectares (335,090 acres). It is in the Pantanal biome.

The park was created by decree nº 86.392 on 24 September 1981, and is managed by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio).[1]

It covers parts of the municipalities of Corumbá in Mato Grosso do Sul, and Cáceres and Poconé in Mato Grosso.[2]

The Cuiabá River runs through Pantanal Matogrossense National Park.

Conservation[edit]

The park is classed as IUCN protected area category II (national park). The park's basic objective is preservation of natural ecosystems of great ecological relevance and scenic beauty and enabling scientific research, environmental education, outdoor recreation and ecological tourism.[2] The park was listed as a "Wetland of International Importance" under the Ramsar Convention in 1993.[3]

Protected species include jaguar (Panthera onca), ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), marsh deer (Blastocerus dichotomus), giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus), giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), chestnut-bellied guan (Penelope ochrogaster), black-and-tawny seedeater (Sporophila nigrorufa) and the mussel Lamproscapha ensiformis.[1]

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