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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mom! Let's eat!

Pantanal, Brazil. It was in the middle of the afternoon and we were on the Cuiaba river when Regina, our guide, told us that she had just been informed that there was a female Jaguar with her cub on a nicely open sand beach on the Tres Irmaos River. We immediately decided to go check them out hoping they would still be there by the time we completed the 45-minute boat ride. As we got close, we saw over 10 boats leaving as the pair had left the open and went into the dense vegetation. We decided to stay, hoping that they would appear again now that it was much quieter with only two boats left.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Brazil
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Michel Zoghzoghi