• Wildlife of the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • 29th July - 2nd August 2017

  • Anaconda (Eunectes beniensis) resting on a log
    Anaconda (Eunectes beniensis)... the biggest snake in the world, though this one is only a baby at two meters long!

    Cuyabeno is another Amazon rainforest reserve, this time in the north-east of Ecuador near the border with Columbia. Like Tambopata in Peru its teeming with wildlife but surprisingly few of the species were the same.

    The best time to see rainforest invertebates is at night when creatures that have been camouflaged and invisible all day start to move around... like the strange long-horned cricket below that spends the day disguised as a dead leaf.


    Night is also the time when tarantulas venture out of their burrow to hunt for food. Despite their massive size and fearsome reputation Tarantulas very rarely bite people and are much more likely to run away!
    Long-horned Leaf-cricket (Tettigoniid sp.) Giant Tarantula Spider (Theraphosidae sp.)
    Long-horned Leaf-cricket (Tettigoniid sp.)        and       Giant Tarantula (Theraphosidae sp.)

    Cuyabeno is also a great place for monkeys and I saw five different species including a wonderful little Black-mantled Tamarin leaping amongst the branches like a tiny hyper-active cat and also several strange yeti-like Monk Saki Monkeys.

    Monk Saki monkey (Pithecia monachus) in the canopy Yellow-handed Titi Monkey (Callicebus lucifer) in the treetop
    Monk Saki monkey (Pithecia monachus)    and       Yellow-handed Titi Monkey (Callicebus lucifer)

    Black-mantled Tamarin monkey (Saguinus nigricollis)
    Black-mantled Tamarin (Saguinus nigricollis)