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亚马逊 森林的植物与菇菌类

库亚贝诺自然保护区滋养了一个猭猴群体共十个品种: 侏儒狨,黑须柽柳猴,巴西夜猴,红伶猴,白领伶猴,僧面猴,松鼠猴,白额卷尾猴, 红吼猴以及绒毛猴;都常在区里可见。 所有猭品种的生殖高峰期大约都在十二月与二月期间。而当中,狨科猴子会在六月到八月期间,雨季的中旬有第二次的生殖高峰期。


库亚贝诺自然保护区把研究重点放在黑须柽柳(Saguinus nigricollis)和白领伶猴(又称 (Yellow-handed Titi)的生态上。时不时,会有一群黑须柽柳猴来旅馆主上, 不过没多久,它们就返回森林,好几个月不见踪影。                                                                                                                                                                                         

貘是亚马逊 森林里的陆地 动物不过牠们在水里也一样自在。因为牠们的肉受喜爱, 偶尔还会有人猎杀牠们。虽然在库亚贝诺貘 会比较罕见, 但牠们是仍然存在的

水豚是世界上最大的啮齿动物动物。牠们生长在河畔,在库亚贝诺常见。当然, 还有很多其他品种的啮齿动物, 而常见的一种就是豪猪.


至于亚马逊森林其他的有蹄类动物, 野猪最常见。领野猪, (Tayassu tajacu)和西貒(T. pecari)两个品种都可见到。除此之外, 还有好几种鹿品种也会出现:就是到到处可见的白尾鹿(Odocoileus virginianus) 和短角鹿(Manzama Americana



两个黑豹品种, 美洲豹年(Panthera onca), 和虎猫(Leopardus pardalis)。牠们都喜欢水源丰富的森林。美洲豹甚至还喜欢上了游泳。这些黑豹和其他几个品种的野生猫科类品种都在库亚贝诺可见。尤其是在夜晚, 当您在外寻找鳄鱼时,您也会碰见牠们潜行于低悬的树杆。若幸运的话, 还会在手电筒的灯光下突然地捕捉到一对野生猫雪亮的双眼。

南浣熊(Nasua nasua)是亚马逊地区很常见的捕食动物。据说,大水獭(Pteronura brasiliensis), 也出没在库亚贝诺, 不过我们还未亲身见过。至于犬科类动物,是不在库亚贝诺出没的。



Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Pink Dolphin at the Amazon River in CuyabenoAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Amazon Dolphin in the Cuyabeno Lake

The Pink Amazon Dolphin, Inia geoffrensis, can be recognized by its hump-shaped dorsal fin and the more pronounced hump on its head and longer snout. Particularly the males may be pink, but often at Cuyabeno they are rather gray. The Pink Amazon Dolphin can turn its head 90 degrees each way. Dolphins can be seen almost daily at the Cuyabeno Great Lake, darting around the canoe and sometimes swimming with the swimmers.


The Gray Amazon Dolphin or Tucuxi, Sotalia fluviatilis, can be recognized by its shark-like triangular dorsal fin. Its belly is lighter and varies from light grey to pinkish. It has a closely related relative in the coastal waters of South America, but that species does not swim as deeply into the Amazon region as the Tucuxi. More so than the Pink Amazon Dolphin, Tucuxis tend to jump out of the water.

Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Amazon manitees are often seen in the Cuyabeno Lake

The Amazonian Manatee, Trichechus inunguis, is a species of manatee that lives in the freshwaters rivers and lakes of the Amazon basin and supposedly never leaves for the sea. It is found in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Venezuela. It is closely related to the West Indian Manatee, that also ventures up the Amazon River, but never as deeply inland as the Amazonian Manatee. They are regular visitors of Cuyabeno. Their meat is highly appreciated by the Siona Indians, but we hope that we have convinced them to no longer hunt them, as they have great tourism value.



Of course the jungle is home to a fabulous variety of the most wonderful insects, big and small: colorful moths and butterflies, odd shaped beetles, dragonflies, etc. etc. After more than two decades in the reserve, we learned that for insects, every night is different. Some nights our lights attract great numbers of very different insects, while other nights insects abound, but most of them only belonging to only a few species. 


During our nightly excursions, we go looking for nocturnal insects on the ground. Cuyabeno has some really strange looking critters that you only can see at night with flashlights.


Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Moth with tranparent wings in the JungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Moths come at night to the Cuyabeno LodgeAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Yellow moth in the JungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Hummingbird Moth at the tropical Jungle

Some evenings, insects come in great variety, while other evenings, only a few different species fly about. Particularly the moths that come after the lights of the lodge, are of great beauty and if you are lucky, you may see a few of these species of the "hummingbirds" of the insect world show off their incredibly rapid wing beats.


Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Caterpillar in the forestAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Caterpillar in the RainforestAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Monster Caterpillar in the rainforestAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Social caterpillars


Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Yet another caterpillarAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Very hairy caterpillarAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Striped CaterpillarAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Strange Caterpillar

Caterpillars appear in amazing shapes and colors and are always a thankful subject for photographers.


Of course their adult life forms are also well-represented. Many diurnal butterflies like to gather at specific places, supposedly to nourish themselves with minerals.

Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Butterflies gather at the banks of the Cuyabeno RiverJungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Butterflies gathering at a salt lickAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Butterflies at a river bank in the Amazon Jungle


With so many insects to feast on, it is obvious that there are lots of bats in the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve:

Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Bats are very common animals of the Amazon jungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Amazon jungle batAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Hairy bat in the jungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Bats may have ugly faces in the Amazon Jungle

Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Flying bat at nigh in the Amazon jungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: If I don't see you, you don't see meAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Bats often fly during the Day in the Amazon JungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Crawling with one finger through the Amazon jungle

There are numerous species of bats in the jungle. Of course, at night you can see them fly in great numbers in the sky. But in daytime too, you can see quite a few of them. Some species hang from low braches above the water, and when you pass by them you chase them off their resting places and you get to see them from quite nearby. These pictures have been taken by biologists during a bat field study.



Other groups of the animal kingdom also love taking it out on insects: the Amphibians:

Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Mating tree frogs in the Amazon JungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Animals are wathing you in the Amazon JungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Some animals are very difficult to find in the Amazon JungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Frog waiting to snap up a fat insect

Frogs and toads are extremely common in the Amazon Jungle. In fact, most of the nightly concerts are sung by amphibians! Unless you know how and where to look for them, you rarely see them though. Some of those noisy critters are no more than one or two centimeters and they have perfect hiding colors. As soon as they notice you, they keep quiet, but the moment you are gone, they resume their song.



Many reptiles also like a to snatch up insects, although some of them also like other Ecuador Amazon jungle animals for dinner, such as amphibians, birds and even peccaries and deer, as is the case of anacondas:

Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Reptiles are not commonly found in the Amazon JungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Interesting lizard in the jungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: A lizard wathing from a treeAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: A helmed lizar

Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Geckos are noctural lizards of the Amazon JungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Anacondas are infamous Amazon Jungle animalsAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: A snake swallowing a toad in the Amazon Rainforest


Visiting the Amazon in Ecuador: Piranha fishing when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.Visiting the Amazon in Ecuador: Amazon Piranha mouth with teath caught when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.

While fishing is no longer allowed in the park, there are a great number of fishes, including the infamous pirañas.



And then of course there are spiders, in many sizes and colors:

Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Spiders in many shapes in the jungleAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: A jung tarantella spiderAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Jumping spiders on its prayAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: A spider in its web in the Jungle



In spite of the fact that birds are the jewels of the Ecuador Amazon jungle animals, we don't have all that many photographs to show for. We are working on that, but it will take a while before we can publish some nice pictures here. The guides of our  Ecuador Amazon rainforest lodge, the Cuyabeno Lodge, are widely known for the knowledge about birds as well as other Amazon Jungle Animals and Amazon Rain forest Plants.

Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Blue and Yellow Macaw in Cuyabeno ParkAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Hummingbird in the AmazonAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Hoatzin, Opisthocomus hoazin, in flightAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Scarlet Macaw, Ara macao, in the Amazon Jungle

Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Amazon DarterAmazon jungle animals Ecuador: Blue and Yellaw MacawAmazon jungle animals Ecuador:  White-collared swift, Streptoprocne zonaris


Animals of the Andes

While the Andes has far less species than the Amazon, the species composition is very different. Below you will see a few species that are typical for the Andes.

Andes animals: Vicuñas have been successfully introduced at the Chimborazo wildlife reserve.Animals of the Andes: The Andean Fox is a canine species somewhere between a fox and a coyote.

Vicuñas have been successfully introduced at the Chimborazo wildlife reserve.

The Andean Fox is a canine species somewhere between a fox and a coyote.


The Andean Condor is the largest bird of South America.The Andean Condor is the largest bird of South America.

Click for a complete list of the birds of Ecuador.

















Cuyabeno Lodge: On the terrace.Amazon Jungle Adventure at Cuyabeno, Ecuador

Relaxing on the terrace at the Cuyabeno Lodge after a great excursion

On excursion watching wildlife and birds from the water

For detailed information on climate and weather conditions read: climate of Cuenca, Ecuador; climate Galapagos Islands in Ecuador; climate in the Amazon of Ecuador and climate of Ecuador. If you want to learn more about the country, read Ecuador Facts. Click here to find out how you can watch these fantastic Amazon jungle animals Ecuador, yourself.



Cuyabeno Lodge / Neotropic Turis Office in Quito, Ecuador:

Shyris Park Building, Av. de los Shyris N36-188 & Av. Naciones Unidas, Office 608, 6th floor.

Phone: (++593) (0)(2) 292 6153

Cell (mobile) phone: (++593) (0)999 80 3395


Find it on the Quito Map Zoom in, it is a very detailed map!