Sabtu, 15 September 2012

Jaguar Watching - Other Animals You May See in Brazil

Enjoy Jaguar watching in Brazil and you will have the chance to see a wide variety of South America's indigenous wildlife. Home to thousands of species of plants and animals, Brazil is a top destination for those seeking adventure holidays in natural habitats. Teeming with wildlife, the wet tropical rainforest is a unique and diverse ecosystem that provides the perfect opportunity for spotting Spider Monkeys, Capybara, Sloth and, of course, the magnificent Jaguar.

When planning your next trip to South America, visit Brazil and explore the beauty of the rainforests and get up close to some of these unique and exotic animals.

Spider Monkeys
Spending most of their time high in the forest canopy, Spider Monkeys can often be seen hanging upside down or swinging between branches looking for fruits and seeds. They have a long haired coat which can be brown, black or bronze-tinged red in colour. Their long, powerful tail allows them to leap long distances and anchors them securely to delicate branches. If you are lucky enough to see a Spider Monkey whilst Jaguar watching in Brazil, you may observe that they have only four fingers and no thumb. This is a unique characteristic that has evolved over time as a specialised adaptation for living in the forest tree tops.

Having the title of the largest rodent in the world, the Capybara has a barrel-shaped body and small, stunted head. They prefer to live near bodies of water surrounded by dense vegetation, which provides them with protection from larger carnivorous animals such as the Jaguar. Watching these animals from river rafts is the best way to see them as they forage around the river banks feeding on grasses and aquatic plants. An interesting fact about the Capybara is that they are able to submerse themselves underwater for up to five minutes.

These extremely slow moving animals spend most of their lives in a single tree. Sloths are nocturnal mammals and can be seen during the day sleeping curled up with their heads nestled between their legs and arms. This helps to camouflage them from larger predators such as the Jaguar. Watching the Sloth, you will notice how lethargic its movements are - living up [or down] to its well known reputation. Seeing this fascinating animal is a highlight of a trip to the Brazilian rain forest.

The Jaguar
By far the most anticipated encounter for anyone travelling into the forests of Brazil, spotting the Jaguar remains unsurpassed as the highlight of a South American nature watching trip. This elusive ambush predator is the largest and rarest feline on the South American continent and one of Brazil's most iconic apex predators.

Marissa Ellis-Snow is a freelance nature writer. If you're looking for Jaguar watching tours, Naturetrek specialises in expert-led natural history and wildlife tours worldwide. Naturetrek brings over 25 years of experience to Jaguar watching tours in some of the most spectacular regions on Earth.

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