Animals of Manu

Manu National Park is apparently home to more than 200 species of mammals, 800 species of birds, 68 species of reptiles, 77 species of amphibians and more than 1,300 recorded species of butterflies… not to mention heaps of insects etc.

However, just because there are heaps of animals in a national park, it doesn’t mean that animal sightings are guaranteed to happen :-(…

In total we added TEN animals to our ‘new animals seen in South America list’ while we were in Manu National Park – which we were pretty chuffed with ­čÖé However, in reality we saw heaps more – it’s just that trying to ID all the new frogs and insects got put into the ‘too hard basket’, and therefore they don’t count on the list!!!

Anyway here is our AWESOME gallery of Manu wildlife…

White-fronted capuchin Monkey – seen in the Cloud Forest on the drive to Rainforest Lodge.
An unidentified insect of Manu – seen in the Botanic Gardens.
An unidentified cool-looking furry caterpillar – Seen at the Hot Springs.
Yellow-Spotted Side-Necked Turtles – Seen from our boat on Manu River.
A beautiful moth species – Seen at the park ranger station on Manu River.
Red Howler Monkey – Seen from our boat on the shores of Manu River.
Red Howler Monkey – Seen from our boat on the shores of Manu River…. NOTE this photo was taken with an Iphone 4S!?!? Shows you how powerful the scopes that the guides carry with them are ­čÖé
Three capybara on the beach – as seen from our boat on Manu River.
Capybara swimming in Manu River – Seen from our boat.
Grey Woolly Monkey – Seen on a walk near Cocha Otorongo (Otorongo Oxbow Lake).
Grey Woolly Monkey – Seen on a walk near Cocha Otorongo (Otorongo Oxbow Lake).
Grey Woolly Monkey – Seen on a walk near Cocha Otorongo (Otorongo Oxbow Lake).
Spectacled Caiman – Seen entering Manu River close to┬áCasa Machiguenga Lodge.
Spectacled Caiman – Seen in Manu River close to┬áCasa Machiguenga Lodge.
Spectacled Caiman – Seen on the shores of Manu River close to┬áCasa Machiguenga Lodge.
An unidentified spider – Seen on our walk between Casa Machiguenga Lodge and┬áCocha Salvador (Salvador Oxbow Lake).
Poison dart frog –┬áSeen on our walk between Casa Machiguenga Lodge and┬áCocha Salvador (Salvador Oxbow Lake).
Black Caiman – Seen in Cocha Salvador (Salvador Oxbow Lake).
Black faced spider monkey – Seen from the catamaran on┬áCocha Salvador (Salvador Oxbow Lake).
A white-fronted capuchin monkey – seen from the catamaran on┬áCocha Salvador (Salvador Oxbow Lake).
A Giant Otter┬á – Seen from the catamaran on┬áCocha Salvador (Salvador Oxbow Lake).

We also have a video clip we took of the otters playing in Salvador Oxbow Lake…

And back to the gallery of beautiful animal pictures…

Butterfly – Seen on a walk by the Ranger station on Manu River.
Beautiful Orange butterfly┬á– Seen on a walk by the Ranger station on Manu River.
Another furry caterpillar – Seen on a walk by the Ranger station on Manu River.
Brown Brocket Deer – Seen from our boat on the Madre de Dios River between the Ranger Station and Bonanza Lodge.
Black-capped squirrel monkey┬á– Seen on a walk in the grounds of Bonanza Lodge.

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