NATIONAL PARKS TOURS PERU

ALL CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS COMBINED WITH FABULOUS NATURE

 
 

WILDLIFE OF PERU [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]

  1. Manatee

  2. 2 Amazon Dolphins

  3. Amazon Tapirs

  4. Jaguar

  5. Puma

  6. White Tailed Deer

  7. Peccary

  8. Howler Monkey

  1. Harpy Eagle

  2. King Vulture

  3. 3  Caiman species

  4. Anaconda

  5. Paiche

  6. Amazon catfish

  7. Pirana

 

 

MAMMALS

In the Amazon Region of Peru, some 170 species of mammals have been recorded, most of which live in Manu National Park. The most abundant group are the Bats, that you can see everywhere, followed by the rodents.

 

Monkeys

Manu National park supports a primate community of as many as ten species: The world's smallest true monkey, Pygmy marmoset, Cebuella pygmaea, The Black Mantle Tamarin, Saguinus nigricollis, the Spix's Night Monkey, Aotus vociferans, the Coppery Titi Monkey, Callicebus cupreus, Yellow-handed Titi Monkey, Callicebus lucifer, the Collared Titi Monkey, Callicebus torquatus, the Monk Saki, Pithecia monachus, the Common Squirrel Monkey, Saimiri sciureus, the White-fronted Capuchin Monkey, Cebus albifrons, the Red Howler Monkey, Alouatta seniculus and the Brown Woolly Monkey, Lagothrix lagotricha, many of which can be seen regularly.

 

Generalized birth peaks for all primate species occur in the dry season, from December through February. Among some of the groups, the callitrichids have a second birth peak  in the middle of the rainy season from June through August.

 

Above: Yellow-handed Titi Monkey, Callicebus lucifer, Below: Brown Woolly Monkey, Lagothrix lagotricha. To the right: Black-mantled Tamarins, Saguinus nigricollis.

 

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Tapirs, Tapirus terrestris, are Amazon Jungle amimalsWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Capybaras, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, as Amazon jungle animals

Lowland Tapir.

Capybara.

 

Tapirs, Tapirus terrestris, are terrestrial Amazon rainforest animals of Peru but they also are very happy in the water. Loved for their meat, they may still occasionally be hunted by the Indians in the park.

 

Capybaras, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, are the largest rodents on earth. They live along the banks of rivers. Of course there are many other species of rodents, and often one can see porcupines.

 

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: White Colared Peccaris in the Amazon JungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: White-tailed Deer.

White Colared Peccaris in the Amazon Jungle.

White-tailed Deer are universal in the Americas.

 

From the other hoofed Amazon jungle animals of Peru, the peccaries are the most common. Both species, the Collared Peccary, Tayassu tajacu, and the White-lipped Peccary, T. pecari occur.

 

Other hoofed anymals are the omnipresent White Tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus, and the Brocket Deer, Manzama americana.

 

Why consider booking our  Peru National Parks Tour? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL places Peru is so famous for. On top of that, you get to see 9 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a naturalist guide. There is nothing similar on the market. As Peru can be combined with other countries, we organize tours in modules: Lima Cusco, Machu Picchu module, Manu National Park module, National Parks Module, All modules.

Destinations Overview:  World Heritage Site Lima,  World Heritage Site Cusco, Amazon park Manu National Park World Heritage Site Valle Sagrado/Sacred Valley, World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Cloud Forest Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Highland wetland Titicaca National Reserve, Uros floating islands, Altiplano wildlife park Salinas & Aguadas Blancas National Reserve, World's second deepest canyon Colca Canyon, Word heritage site Arequipa, World heritage site Nazca Lines, Pampas Galeras National Reserve, San Fernando National Reserve, Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands National Reserve.

 

Predators

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: rarely seen Amazon Jungle Animal is the JaguarWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: The Ocelot is a common Amazon catWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Mountain LionWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Giant Otter at the Amazon Rainforest

 

Most predators in the Amazon actually like water or at least tolerate it. Some of the predators include: Both the Jaguar, Panthera onca, and the Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis, like water rich forests; Jaguars are known to actually like swimming. These, and several other species of cats are present in the Amazon. Particularly at night, you can see them sneaking across low hanging branches, when you go looking for crocodiles. With a bit of luck, all of a sudden the eyes of a big cat are caught in your flashlight.

 

Both Jaguars and Pumas, Panthera concolor, - which also live in the reserve - avoid people and are rarely seen, even by the indigenous people.

 

The South American coati, or ring-tailed coati, Nasua nasua, is a common predator in the Amazon region. Both the Giant Otter, Pteronura brasiliensis, and the Neotropical Otter, Lutra longicaudis, have been observed in the park. No members of the dog family are known to live in the Amazon rainforest of Peru.

 

Dolphins

In such a water-rich area, one finds animals that are extremely adapted to the watery environment:

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Pink Dolphin at the Amazon River in CuyabenoWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Amazon Dolphin in the Cuyabeno Lake

 

The Pink Amazon Dolphin, Inia geoffrensis, can be recognized by its hump-shaped dorsal fin and the more pronounced hump on its head and longer snout. Particularly the males may be pink. The Pink Amazon Dolphin can turn its head 90 degrees each way.

 

The Gray Amazon Dolphin or Tucuxi, Sotalia fluviatilis, can be recognized by its shark-like triangular dorsal fin. Its belly is lighter and varies from light grey to pinkish. It has a closely related relative in the coastal waters of South America, but that species does not swim as deeply into the Amazon region as the Tucuxi. More so than the Pink Amazon Dolphin, Tucuxis tend to jump out of the water.

 

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Amazon manitees are often seen in the Cuyabeno Lake

The Amazonian Manatee, Trichechus inunguis, is a species of manatee that lives in the freshwaters rivers and lakes of the Amazon basin and supposedly never leaves for the sea. It is found in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Venezuela. It is closely related to the West Indian Manatee, that also ventures up the Amazon River, but never as deeply inland as the Amazonian Manatee.  Their meat is highly appreciated by the  Indians.

Bats

With so many insects to feast on, it is obvious that there are lots of bats in the Amazon rainforest:

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Bats are very common animals of the Amazon jungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Amazon jungle batWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Hairy bat in the jungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Bats may have ugly faces in the Amazon Jungle

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Flying bat at nigh in the Amazon jungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: If I don't see you, you don't see meWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Bats often fly during the Day in the Amazon JungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Crawling with one finger through the Amazon jungle

 

There are numerous species of bats in the jungle. Of course, at night you can see them fly in great numbers in the sky. But in daytime too, you can see quite a few of them. Some species hang from low braches above the water, and when you pass by them, they may fly off their resting places and you get to see them from quite nearby. These pictures have been taken by biologists during a bat field study.

 

BIRDS

Birds are the jewels of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest animals, and our guides are quite knowledgeable about them..

 

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Blue and Yellow Macaw in Cuyabeno ParkWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Hummingbird in the AmazonWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Hoatzin, Opisthocomus hoazin, in flightWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Scarlet Macaw, Ara macao, in the Amazon Jungle

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Amazon DarterWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Blue and Yellaw MacawWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]:  White-collared swift, Streptoprocne zonarisAmerican Darter

Harpy Eagle, Muscovy Duck, Hoatzin, Scarlet Macaw, Common Potoo, Blue and Yellow Macaw, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Amarican Darter.

 

REPTILES

Many reptiles also like a to snatch up insects, although some of them also like other animals for dinner, such as amphibians, birds and even peccaries and deer, as is the case of anacondas and Caimans:

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Spectacled Caymans.WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Anacondas are infamous Amazon Jungle animalsWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Gecko hunting insects at night.WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: The Yellow-footed tortoise Geochelone denticulata is the only Amazon tortoise.WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Reptiles are not commonly found in the Amazon JungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Nocturnal lizard in the jungle.WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: A snake swallowing a toad in the Amazon Rainforest

 

AMPHIBIANS

Other groups of the animal kingdom also love taking it out on insects: the Amphibians:

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Mating tree frogs in the Amazon JungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Animals are wathing you in the Amazon JungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Some animals are very difficult to find in the Amazon JungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Frog waiting to snap up a fat insect

 

Frogs and toads are extremely common in the Amazon Rainforest. In fact, most of the nightly concerts are sung by amphibians! Unless you know how and where to look for them, you rarely see them though. Some of those noisy critters are no more than one or two centimeters and they have perfect hiding colors. As soon as they notice you, they keep quiet, but the moment you are gone, they resume their song.

 

FISHES

Visiting the Amazon in Peru: Piranha fishing when visiting the Amazon in Peru.Visiting the Amazon in Peru: Amazon Piranha mouth with teath caught when visiting the Amazon in Peru.

bagrePaiche

 

There is a great number of fishes, including the infamous Pirañas, as well as the gigantic Paiches and Amazon Catfish.

 

ARTHOPODS

Of course the jungle is home to a fabulous variety of the most wonderful insects, big and small: colorful moths and butterflies, odd shaped beetles, dragonflies, etc. Some nights you can attract great numbers of very different insects with your flashlight, while other nights insects abound, but most of them only belonging to only a few species. 

 

During nightly excursions, you can find nocturnal insects on the ground. The Amazon has some really strange looking critters that you only can find at night with flashlights.

 

Moths

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Moth with tranparent wings in the JungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Moths come at night to the Cuyabeno LodgeWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Yellow moth in the JungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Hummingbird Moth at the tropical Jungle

Some evenings, insects come in great variety, while other evenings, only a few different species fly about. Particularly the moths that come after the lights of the lodge, are of great beauty and if you are lucky, you may see a few of these species of the "hummingbirds" of the insect world show off their incredibly rapid wing beats.

 

Caterpillars

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Monster Caterpillar in the rainforestWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Social caterpillarsWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Very hairy caterpillarWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Striped Caterpillar

Caterpillars appear in amazing shapes and colors and are always a thankful subject for photographers.

 

Butterflies

Of course their adult life forms are also well-represented. Many diurnal butterflies like to gather at specific places, supposedly to nourish themselves with minerals.

 

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Butterflies gather at the banks of the Cuyabeno RiverJungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Butterflies gathering at a salt lickWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Butterflies at a river bank in the Amazon Jungle

 

Spiders and other Arthropods

And then of course there are spiders, in many sizes and colors:

WILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Spiders in many shapes in the jungleWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: A jung tarantella spiderWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: Jumping spiders on its prayWILDLIFE OF PERU  [15 MOST SPECTACULAR ANIMALS]: A spider in its web in the Jungle

Amazon fresh water crab.Amazon whip spider Amblypygi are clawed spiders without scorpion tail or poison

At a distance of 3000 km from the sea, there are fresh water crabs in the Amazon. Are they there from ancient days when the Amazon was under the Atlantic Oceon, or did they adapt to fresh water and migrated upstream?

Whip spiders are closest related to the spiders, but are still quite different. They have no silk glands and are different from scorpions by lacking a poisonous tail. They are totally harmless to people.

 

 

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