Dec 4, 2015|
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Our Top 5 Favorite Animals of the Amazon Rainforest
Tours to the Amazon Rainforest allow you to visit one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, expanding visits through Brazil, visits through Peru, visits through Colombia, visits through Ecuador, visits through Bolivia, and visits through Venezuela. The region features various microclimates and millions of species, in fact, one in ten species on Earth are in the Amazon.
If you are thinking about going on an Amazon Rainforest Tour, here are some of the diverse animals of the Amazon that you can expect to encounter. Read on to find out about animals of the Amazon rainforest, Amazon river creatures, fun facts about Amazon Animals, and more!
5. Amazon River Dolphin
The Amazon River Dolphin is #5 on our list of Top 5 Favorite Animals of the Amazon Rainforest. These friendly creatures, also known as the pink dolphin, live only in freshwater in the Amazon Rivers.
If you are interested in seeing these river dolphins, we recommend taking an Amazon River cruise, such as the Tucano. The Tucano River Cruise takes you along the Rio Negro and takes you far into the dense forest where you can see the diversity of the flora and fauna.
4. Giant River Otter
The largest otter in the world, the giant river otter, can grow up to six feet long. It lives only in the Amazon, the Orinoco, and the La Plata River. They have powerful tails and webbed feet that allow them to swim quickly through the water. Giant river otters were hunted to near extinction, so they are now a rare species in the Amazon with a population of only a few thousand.
However, a keen eye can sometimes spot their dens burrowed into the banks of the river or underneath fallen logs. They primarily eat fish and travel and hunt in small family groups. In Guyana, you can visit and stay at a giant river otter sanctuary which was started by Diane McTurk. A stay at the Karanmbu lodge will definitely make the giant river otter one of your favorite animals of the Amazon.
The Caiman is another river-dwelling reptile related to alligators and crocodiles, found in much of South America. Dwarf caiman, a smaller species are most common in the Amazon. Due to their camouflage coloring, caimans will often see you before you see them.
They often submerge their bodies completely and have just their eyes above the surface, and sometimes they look like a floating log. The Caiman is probably one of the most famous animals in the Amazon, don’t be surprised if you see one along the riverbanks.
One real advantage of exploring the Amazon is the animals you can see up close, like adorable squirrel monkeys, one of a myriad of different species of monkeys that inhabit the Amazon.
There’s also a good chance of seeing or hearing intimidating howler monkeys, or tiny, wise-looking tamarins. One thing to remember is that Amazon is not a zoo, so you might have to look harder to spot the animals.
1. Parrots, and Tucans, and Macaws, Oh my!
Coming in at #1 for our favorite animals of the Amazon are the birds of the Amazon Rainforest. If the Amazon is anything, it’s a bird watcher’s paradise! From stunning macaws in blue, red, green, to charismatic toucans, there are all kinds of fabulous feathered creatures to see soaring through the canopy.
If you are in the Peruvian Amazon, look for the clay licks, where hundreds of parrots and macaws gather along large banks of clay. The Amazon is world-famous for all nature lovers, but it’s increasingly a number one destination for bird lovers.
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