Gran Chaco Facts

  • The Gran Chaco is an area of tropical grassland in Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia.
  • It covers an area of over 720,00 sq km, an area as large as northwest Europe.
  • It is home to scattered native Indian groups such as the Guaycuril, Lengua, Mataco, Zamuco and Tupi-Guarani people.
  • The word Chaco comes from the Quechua Indian word for ‘Hunting Land’ because it is rich in wildlife. Gran is Spanish for ‘big’.
  • The major activities on the Chaco are cattle grazing and cotton growing.
  • In the east huge factories have been
  • The maned wolf built to process is found in the South American tannin from the grasslands and trees for leather scrub forest of production. Brazil, northern
  • In places grass Argentina, can grow up to Paraguay and Bolivia 3 m tall, higher than a rider on horseback.
  • The Chaco is home to many wild animals, including pumas, tapir, rheas and giant armadillos.
  • The Chaco is the last refuge of the South American maned or red wolf.
  • The sediments under the Gran Chaco are well over 3000 m deep in places.