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An Ocelot at SouthWild Pantanal Lodge

SouthWild open Ocelot Tower

SouthWild Pantanal Lodge have opened an observation tower close to the lodge which allows guests the best viewing and photography opportunities for ocelot in the world!

After two years in development, the multi-level hide was opened to the public for the 2016 season. It has already been a success, and with Charles Munn and staff to ensure the best conditions for the finest ocelot observation on the planet, guests have already been enjoying close-up views and photography of these magnificent Latin American felines. 

There are thought to be at least four ocelots living in the wetlands and savannah close to Fazenda Santa Teresa, the lodge/ranch base for the SouthWild operations in the Pantanal, close to Pocone on the Transpantaneira Highway. At least one of them has visited the clearing in front of the hide, and sometimes as many as three, every night for the first two months of the project. 

You can take a look at the set-up on this clip released by SouthWild, whose wildlife experts not only ensure that visitors can enjoy these close-up encounters with various large mammals, but also helps to monitor their behaviour and health. This tourism can also help local people to benefit from such conservation projects, thus giving creatures such as the ocelot the best chance of surviving and thriving in the region. Similar success from jaguar tourism in the Jaguarland region has already been a great success in conservation of the larger cousin of the ocelot.

Any trip to SouthWild can now include a late afternoon visit to the observation tower, with the ocelots most active in the hours around sunset. This is timed perfectly for guests to make the short walk back to the lodge for dinner after a wonderful wildlife experience!
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