PERU TRAVEL PLANNER
The rainforest animals are the most complete variety that you
can find. The Amazon rainforest of Peru is one of the most biologically diverse
areas on earth. So great is the variety of species that is estimated that most
of them still undiscovered. Peru is the second country in terms of number of
bird species in the world and third in terms of mammals, of which 44% and 63%
respectively live in the Peruvian Amazon.
Among the enormous number of species, highlights the monkey, jaguar, puma, tapir
and deer, the sloth bear is another hallmark of our Amazon rainforest. The
Amazon River, the main source of living of the vast jungle geography of the
country, is home to fishes like the paiche which can grow to four meters and
cetaceans like the pink dolphin, which gives great entertainment when want to
call attention off the boats. Its figure is surrounded by indigenous legends and
now is in serious danger of extinction. Also there are reptiles and many species
of aquatic and terrestrial turtles, alligators, crocodiles and many snakes,
including the anaconda, the largest snake in the world, etc.
There is no other ecosystem in the world with so many species of birds, among
these include macaws, toucans, and lots of other species, usually colorful
plumage. 20% of the world's species of birds is found in the Amazon forest.
This haven of natural diversity is home of thousands of species, many of them
endangered, that make different parts of its territory in the center of global
* Sloth Bear
The sloth bear is one of the slowest mammals in the world. It is one of the
most representative animals of Peruvian Amazon wildlife. They are seriously
threatened by the destruction of their habitat and commercialization as pets,
because they traffickers capture pups and kill adults.
The most common predators of tapirs are the big cats. However, their main
threat is the human action, manifested through excessive hunting and habitat
destruction. Today, all species of the genus Tapirus fall into the conservation
status vulnerable or threatened.
* Choro Monkey
Or choro of yellow tail, this species is endemic to the Andes of Peru and is
one of 25 most endangered primates in the world. Amazonas and San Martin, where
are most of the habitat of this species, are the departments with the highest
rate of deforestation in Peru. The choro of yellow tail is the largest endemic
mammal of Peru; the manatee can reach a 54 cm long, head and body, being their
tails longer than the body, up to 63 cm.
They feed on fruits, insects and other prey such as small lizards, pigeons
and eggs of other birds. They have been hunted with some intensity, but the main
reason why they are in endangered of extinction is due to habitat destruction.
Deforestation of rainforests, pollution, and growth of urban areas are some of
its most obvious.
* Papagayo (Macaws)
They live mostly in warm areas, are good fliers and skilled climbers on
branches and trees. They have a large cranial capacity, one of the most
intelligent bird groups.
Most hummingbirds exhibit bright. The throat, in males, may have bright red,
blue or emerald green. They feed on flower nectar and small insects that can be
found within them. To get away from the flowers have to fly backwards, they are
the only birds capable of performing this maneuver.
Males reach a length between 1.8 and 2.5 m long and 1.4 m females. They feed
on different species of animals: crustaceans, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds
and small mammals.
Is a constrictor snake of the boa family. Of all the snakes this is the most
weight. There have reported cases of adult humans being attacked or prey.
Hunting usually animals that come to drink, holding them with their jaws and
holding them to wrap around the body and suffocate.
* The yellow-footed tortoise
The male tortoise makes head movements toward other males, but females do
not make these movements. The male turtles also rotate the head back and forth
in a steady rhythm as mating ritual. Mating occurs throughout the year in the
They are popularly known for their sharp teeth and insatiable and aggressive
appetite for meat. Contrary to what the film was released, piranhas do not
usually attack humans. In fact, the natives quietly bathe in the waters
frequented by these fish, the piranha being an everyday food among local
It is the second largest freshwater fish in the world, growing to over 3 m
long and weigh up to 250 kg.
* Electric eel
It is a fish that can emit electric shocks up to 600 volt electric shock
used to hunt prey, for defense and to communicate with other eels.