Animals In Peru That You Must See
Peru has one of the most diverse geologies of the world consisting of over 500 varieties of animals, numerous birds, and mammals, of which about 70 are almost in the endemic stage, and roughly 100 are threatened or endangered, traversing from the Pacific Ocean to the Amazon rainforest. The animals have accommodated to the full range of varied elevations and environments, including panoramic species like the Jaguar and Spectacled Bear and rare endemic species like the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey and Heavy-browed mouse opossum.
There is also the Amazon Rainforest Conservation Centre (ARCC), which preserves 17,000 acres of the primary rainforest encircling the wildlife-rich Lake Soledad and offers some of the most immeasurable wildlife watching in the Amazon Rainforest. Though the mammals here can be intangible, and many are nocturnal, we’ll be hoping to see a variety of species, birds, reptiles, plants, and insects in this remote and spectacular location. We also made an article about bird watching in Peru to understand about that.
When I was preparing for my trip, I always wondered about the different mammals I’d able to watch. For me, my trip a life-changing experience because it accomplished a lifetime dream of encountering the Amazon rain-forest, mostly the canopy. I can’t recommend it enough, I ended up with opening up a website solely on Peru. The absolute harmony despite the endless dissonance of sounds is still buzzing on my ears.
Now that I’m back for the once in a lifetime journey let’s write a little bit about it.
Here are some of the animals –
Brown-mantled tamarin Saguinusfuscicollis Weddell: Fairly common along the trails around Pantiacolla Lodge, where we saw it daily.
Large-headed (Brown) capuchin Cebus macrocephalus: Two individuals showed off just a hundred meters down from the Manu Paradise Lodge.
Black-capped squirrel monkey Saimiri boliviensis peruviensis: Only seen once in a mixed monkey group on the Tinamou Trail at Pantiacolla.
Brown titi Callicebus brunneus: Also fairly common at Pantiacolla, like the Brown-mantled Tamarin.
Colombian red howler Alouatta seniculus Juara: It’s far-carrying calls were regularly heard around Pantiacolla. They would turn up daily in the trees around the lodge and showed stunningly.
Grey woolly monkey Lagothrix cana Tschudi: Several groups found along the Manu road above Manu Paradise Lodge and also at the mirador at Amazonia Lodge
Junin Akodon Akodon juninensis: One found at Lago Junin.
Northern viscacha Lagidium perineum: Seen on several occasions in the higher parts of Santa Eulalia Valley. Also, an individual at the ‘Mirador de Los Andes’. Literature about this one and Southern Viscacha is confusing, but southern still has to be confirmed in Peru. It is best distinguished by a rather rufous fur.
Montane guinea pig Cavia tschudii : One wasn’t very shy in some ruins around Lago Junin. Another one was seen later that day. Also, Florian saw one at the Laguna Huarcapay near Cusco.
Capybara Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris hydrochaeris: Those sitting in the first boat while driving to Pantiacolla Lodge had the luck of seeing three individuals.
Central Americn (Brown) agouti Dasyprocta punctata : Only a concise glimpse of one walking on a trail near Pantiacolla Lodge.
Amazon dwarf squirrel Microsciurus flaviventer : One was seen high up it the canopy around Pantiacolla.
Bolivian squirrel Sciurus ignitus : One showed well at the Cock-of-the-rock lek, another one was seen next to the road only a few kilometres down from Manu Paradise Lodge.
Southern Amazon red squirrel Sciurus spadiceus: Seen just behind Amazonia Lodge.
Gray Woolly Monkey –Lagothrix cana
Peruvian Spider Monkey – Ateles chamek
White-bellied Spider Monkey – Ateles belzebuth
Dusky Dolphin Lagenorhynchus obscurus fitzroyi: One found dead on the beach of Puerto Viejo.
Common Bottle-nosed dolphin Tursiops truncatus aduncus: A small pod observed on our way back to Paracas after the Islas de las Ballestas tour.
Tayra Eira barbara Peruana: One showed itself on the Manu road not far down from the Manu Paradise Lodge but disappeared quickly into the vegetation.
South American sea lion Otaria flavescens: Prevalent along the whole coast wherever there are rocks to lie on.
Vicuna Vicugna vicugna mensalis: Some were seen on our way to Lago Junin, many more followed in the southern highlands between Puno and Chivay.
Alpaca Vicugna pacos: The domesticated form of the Vicuna was pretty standard in the mountains, especially in Junin.
Llama Lama glama: Much more common than the alpaca in the department Lima. This is the domesticated descendant of the Guanaco, which has now become exceedingly rare in Peru.
Bishops slender opossum Marmosops bishopi: Even though we got outstanding looks on the Oropendola Trail at Panticolla, it is complicated to identify this species with certainty, as there is only a little literature on this species. It looks very similar to other slender opossums, especially Tschudi’s Slender Opossum M. impavidens.
Brown-eared (Western) woolly opossum Caluromys lanatus: First we found it pretty high up in a tree along the Oropendola Trail, but it wasn’t shy and came further down, showing its partially naked tail, which makes an identification pretty straight forward.