As it is known the Amazon Rainforest is the most biodiverse place on earth and that is obvious if we take a look inside the different guide books about the wildlife of this marvelous place.
The amounts of species that can be found in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin are endless, with more than 200 species of mammals like the cute Tamarin monkey, between 500 to 600 species of birds very colorful as tanagers or macaws, approximately 180 species of reptiles and amphibians like the scary anaconda, and thousands of different types of insects from the small termites making big colonies with the shape of a ball hanging on the trees to the Goliath bird eater Tarantula, the biggest spider in the world that can grow to the size of a human hand and even bigger.
Detecting Animals in the Amazon Rainforest
Those are few examples of the stunning wildlife that can be found in the Amazon rainforest, a perfect destination for the nature lovers and people who enjoy spotting animals in the wild, but it is not easy to spot the animals in the rainforest despite the high rates of diversity that this place has. One of the reasons for this difficulty could be the high competition that the animals have in the forest, some animals are predators and many of them do not want to be the prey, so they have evolved impressive and effective ways of camouflage like the stick insects that look like a branch of a plant, the screaming Piha, a bird that produces a loud sound which makes difficult to identify where they are, and the beautiful sloths that remain unnoticed from the view of people because they have evolved a relationship with algae growing in their fur, giving them the coloration of the vegetation.
How to Find Wildlife in the Amazon
We want to give you some tips that will help you a bit when admiring the awesome wildlife that the Amazon rainforest has to offer.
- Open your senses. In the Amazon rainforest you have to be prepared with your 5 senses in order to experience the wildlife, open your eyes to see carefully the animals hidden in the vegetation or be ready to be awaken by the loud sound of the howler monkeys early in the morning, even you could smell the strange odor produced by the armadillos and you could touch the animals that your guide will allow of course.
- Follow your guide. During your excursion in the rainforest you will be accompanied by a guide who has a lot of experience in the forest, so follow his instructions all the time because they have a lot of knowledge and even they know the places where specific animals inhabited.
- Look for movements. One of the best ways to spot animals in the rainforest is to see carefully in every movement between the vegetation, many animals remain quiet for long periods of time but when they move is the opportunity to see them.
- Look for any strange shape in the vegetation. Also this is a good way to see animals in the forest, try to look carefully at the vegetation and if you see something that does not look as part of a tree it could be an animal so call your guide immediately he will help you to identify what you have detected.
- Wake up early. The majority of the wildlife is active at first hours of day before the forest becomes too hot, so the programs in the rainforest start really early do not feel angry if you have to wake up at 6 a.m. in your vacation time.
- Specific equipment. Binoculars are the best companion in the excursions in the rainforest and a flashlight for the night excursions is important too.
- Observation towers. Many lodges in the Amazon have towers that overpass the canopy of the forest those are the best places in order to see animals that will be impossible to spot from the ground of the forest.
- This could be the best recommendation for spotting animals in the rainforest, you are not going to see the animals as soon as you want, so be patient and at the end you will have your reward.
We hope these recommendations help you to enjoy your next trip to the Amazon so be ready to explore the most bio diverse ecosystem on the planet.