How many species of animals have you already seen in your life? For sure not the ones you will appreciate if you come with us to Napo Wildlife Center, located at the very heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Here you will discover and interact with exciting species which are considered rare and fascinating.
Found in a great land space that includes many countries of South America, exactly between the Andean Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, the Amazon Rainforest is the home for many endemic species that have a quiet life in a place considered the biggest air producer of the whole Earth.
Here we chose seven of our most representative species to show you what you will enjoy in our exclusive Amazon Rainforest Tour:
This is a member of the Toucan family. Aracaris haven’t been deeply studied, but they are gorgeous species worth of admiration. They have black and yellow stripes; that’s the origin of their name.
These nocturnal animals are very similar to monkeys. In fact, people have called them bear-monkeys or lion monkeys! Kinkajous have a 90% fruit diet and also drink flower nectar –which is why they are also called honey bears-, but they are still considered carnivores.
· They could be kept as pets, but we don’t recommend it: they carry a mortal parasite, the roundworm.
These are the cleverest monkeys in the world. They hide from people because they live in the top of the forest trees. They are highly endangered due to logging.
· Their singular name comes from their agility and how similar their limbs and tail are to the legs of a spider.
These sympathetic animals usually feed on cactus, fruits, ornamental plants, invertebrates, small vertebrates… and much more! They have a white collar around their shoulders, and short legs if compared to the rest of their bodies.
These are rare turtles due to the shape they present: they have a strange look and a horn on their heads! Mata matas do not leave the water even if they can breathe air and walk outside.
· Their most peculiar characteristic is how they hunt: they suck fish, their common prey, to their stomach, just as a vacuum cleaner does! The thing is that they don’t chew; they only digest the fish once it is inside their stomach.
Of course you have seen a sloth before! Internet memes are full of them nowadays. But have you ever touched one or see them close? Their only purpose is to take a smile from tourists and live a peaceful life. Sloths are popular for being slow, and that’s caused by their slow metabolism.
· Did you know it takes them a month to digest the food they eat? The food rarely leaves their bodies, so they get heavier and heavier with time, causing the slow motion you see so funny and cute. Amazing, isn’t it?
These colorful lizards are native from the Amazon basin, and are commonly found in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador.
In Napo Wildlife Center we are aware of the beauties that only the Amazon Rainforest Tour can offer to our visitors. Come to our natural sanctuary and find out why our animals will amaze you!