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Lydia and the Giants - Into the Wild Pantanal

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The Pantanal, the greatest tropical wetland on Earth, is Lydia Möcklinghoff’s wild second home. The behavioural biologist from Cologne returns here regularly to study giant anteaters and their natural habitat. Regular droughts and rainy seasons have shaped this colourful and rich landscape with rivers, lakes, swamps, riparian forests and pampa.

In this wilderness, far away from any big city, local cowboys breed cattle in traditional and sustainable ways. The Fazenda Barranco Alto is Lydia’s home base. From here she takes us on the adventurous journey that is her daily work. By horse or canoe she reaches remote areas, where she sets up camera traps to record wildlife. On her way she meets giant otter, jaguars, pumas, hyacinth macaws – and anteaters. Some of them are like old friends; she has known them for years.