The surrounding area is dominated by large soybean plantations.
Flora and fauna
Emas National Park shows a typical cerrado ecosystem: a treeless savannah with tall termite mounds and an interesting amount of wildlife: the giant anteater, the maned wolf, giant armadillo, pampas deer, and the greater rhea, among others.
Emas National Park also holds a small jaguar population, perhaps consisting of about 10-12 animals. Only about 40% of the reserve, which covers 1,320 km² (510 sq mi) in total, is good jaguar habitat.
Other larger mammals include puma, ocelot, Brazilian tapir, collared peccary, white-lipped peccary, marsh deer, red brocket, gray brocket, black howler monkey and capybara.
It has a tropical, hot climate, ranging from humid to semi-arid, with up to five months of drought each year.
Chapadão do Céu is the closest municipality to the park, approximately 25 km away. It has services such as banking, mechanics, pharmacists, and mail. Mineiros, the main urban center in the region, 110 km away from the headquarters of the national park is a larger town with medical service.
Fees and permits