• Wildlife of the Peruvian Amazon
  • 24th - 28th July 2017

  • The sun setting over Tambopata Lake
    Sunset over the Amazon

    As you'd expect getting into the amazon takes some time, but after an overnight bus, two boats and several kilometers of hiking I finally arrived at Tambopata Lake in the peruvian amazon.

    The most obviously animals are the invertebrates. Even in daytime you can't miss the butterflies, spiders, bees, wasps and flies...

    ... but its at night that the rainforest really comes to life as a miriad of new creatures appear accompanied by the insessant drone of crickets and frogs.
    Net-casting Spider (Deinopidae sp.) with its net Rainbox Jumping Spider (Psecas sp)
    Net-casting Spider (Deinopidae sp.)      and       Rainbox Jumping Spider (Psecas sp.)

    Pink Cricket (Tettigoniid sp.) Saturniid Caterpillar (Saturniidae sp.)
    Pink Cricket (Tettigoniid sp.)      and       Saturniid Caterpillar (Saturniidae sp.)

    Social Wasps (Vespidae sp) swarming
    Social Wasps (Vespidae sp.) swarming

    There are also lots of mammal species present. The majority are nocturnal and very difficult to see, but several species of monkey are active in the day including large groups of noisy Capuchins as well as the occasional secretive Titi monkey.

    Large-headed Capuchin monkey (Sapajus macrocephalus) feeding Brown Titi Monkey (Callicebus brunneus ) and baby
    Large-headed Capuchin monkey (Sapajus macrocephalus)    and       Brown Titi Monkey (Callicebus brunneus ) with baby

    The lake also has a resident family of Giant River Otters which can often be seen and heard as they boisterously chasing each other and hunt for fish.

    Male Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) soaring

    Male Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) close-up
    Giant River Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis)