How a Fire Changed the World’s Largest Wetland

Brazil's tropical Pantanal region is home to a huge concentration of wildlife.
​Illustration by Arielle Duhaime-Ross.
Illustration by Arielle Duhaime-Ross. 

Brazil’s Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland, home to an impressive concentration of wildlife like hyacinth macaws, giant otters, piranhas and jaguars. And last year, the wetland was on fire. Our host Arielle Duhaime-Ross travels to the region to see firsthand how last year’s megafires changed this unique ecosystem, and meet the scientists who have taken drastic measures to help it heal. Along the way she meets some of the Pantanal’s rare (and adorable) wildlife.




Special thanks to the folks at SESC Pantanal—Cristina Cuiabalia, Gabriela Schuck and Alesandro de Amorim. And additional thanks to Agnes Walton, Dave Mayers, Nicole Huber, Sam Donnenburg, and Albert Berti.

This episode was reported by Arielle Duhaime-Ross and produced by Sophie Kazis.

VICE News Reports is produced by Jesse Alejandro Cottrell, Jen Kinney, Janice Llamoca and Julia Nutter. Our senior producers are Ashley Cleek and Adizah Eghan. Our associate producers are Sam Eagan, Sophie Kazis, and Adreanna Rodriguez. Sound Design and music composition by Steve Bone and Kyle Murdock.

Our executive Producer and VP of VICE Audio is Kate Osborn. Janet Lee is Senior Production Manager for VICE Audio. Production coordination by Steph Brown. Fact Checking by Nicole Pasulka.

Episode art by our host, Arielle Duhaime-Ross.