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Manu National Park Animals

The number of species

Vertebrates are the most well-known group, comprising 221 species (5% of all mammals). 1,025 birds (10%) 150 species of amphibians. There are 100 species of reptiles currently known. 

In recent years, researchers have discovered new species from all the Groups in the protected areas of the South American cloud forests.

There are many more to come. In the parks’ rivers and Cochas (Oxbow Lakes), 210 species have been identified. There are 1,307 species of butterflies (5% of the total world), 136 dragonflies, and 650 beetles. Researchers have listed known species, but the Amazon Basin likely contains many more.

This diversity can be seen in Manu National Park’s taxonomic group with over 5,000 species. It is equivalent to 1/6th of all the world’s flora. The area around the Cocha Cashu Research Station has an astonishing 1,437 species.

The chart below shows the distribution of families living in Manu National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Manu National Park Records

The Manu National Park List of animals is one of the most diverse in the world. See the records below

  • 1025 SPECIES of Bird including cock of the rock.
  • 221 SPECIES OF MAMMALS
  • 1307 SPECIES OF BUTTERFLIES
  • 8 SPECIES OF WILDCATS
  • 15 SPECIES OF PRIMATES 
  • 27 SPECIES of MACAWS 
  • 132 SPECIES of Reptiles
  • 155 SPECIES OF AMPHIBIANS 
  • 300 SPECIES OF ANTS
  • 650 SPECIES OF BEETLES

Manu National Park Animals The number of species Vertebrates are the most well-known group, comprising 221 species (5% of all mammals). 1,025 birds (10%) 150 species of amphibians. There are 100 species of reptiles currently known. In recent years, new species from all the Groups have been discovered in the South American cloud forests protected areas. There are many more to come. In the parks' rivers and Cochas (Oxbow Lakes), 210 species have been identified. There are 1,307 species of butterflies (5% of the total world), 136 dragonflies, and 650 beetles. Known species have been listed, but there are likely many more in the Amazon Basin. This diversity can be seen in Manu National Park's taxonomic group with over 5,000 species. It is equivalent to 1/6th of all the world's flora. The area around the Cocha Cashu Research Station has an astonishing 1,437 species. The chart below shows the distribution of families living in Manu National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Manu National Park Records The Manu National Park List of animals is one of the most diverse in the world. See the records bellow 1025 SPECIES of Bird including cock of the rock. 221 SPECIES OF MAMMALS 1307 SPECIES OF BUTTERFLIES 8 SPECIES OF WILDCATS 15 SPECIES OF PRIMATES 27 SPECIES of MACAWS 132 SPECIES of Reptiles 155 SPECIES OF AMPHIBIANS 300 SPECIES OF ANTS 650 SPECIES OF BEETLES Mammals in Manu National Park Manu Rainforest is home to a remarkable diversity of mammals. There are 221 species that have been recorded so far. Despite their high number, most mammals are difficult to spot in the rainforest. The most spectacular and large taxa that you will see are the primates, ungulates, and carnivores. Larger mammals are more tolerant of visitors after 40 years of hunting protection. Manu is the Amazon Rainforest’s best place to observe mammals. The highlights include: The Giant Otter and Giant Armadillos are the largest and can be found in large groups along the lakes. They are the top predator in Amazonian lakes and they are highly entertaining to observe. The Jaguar, the largest cat in South America, is a delight for anyone who has the opportunity to see it. Manu Reserved Zone is the best rainforest location to see this species, with almost 70% of visitors during the dry season (July through September). You can now see these majestic cats on the banks or beaches of the Manu River. Monkeys in Manu National Park We can also mention that the park is home to 15 species of primates. The tiny Pygmy Marmoset and Spider Monkeys are also included. The Red Howler Monkey, the world's smallest primate and one of the most distinctive sounds of Amazon. His howling can be heard far into the forest. Other Mammals Large herds of white-lipped Peccaries are found in the forest and they can be seen destroying plants and animals. Night walks offer the chance to see smaller mammals such as opossums, night monkeys, spectacled bears, rodents, and other small mammals.

Mammals in Manu National Park

Manu Rainforest is home to a remarkable diversity of mammals. Researchers have recorded 221 species so far. Despite their high number, most mammals are difficult to spot in the rainforest. 

The most spectacular and large taxa that you will see are the primates, ungulates, and carnivores. Larger mammals are more tolerant of visitors after 40 years of hunting protection. Manu is the Amazon Rainforest’s best place to observe mammals.

The highlights include:

The Giant Otter and Giant Armadillos, being the largest, gather in large groups along the lakes. They are the top predator in Amazonian lakes and they are highly entertaining to observe.

The Jaguar, the largest cat in South America, is a delight for anyone who has the opportunity to see it. Manu Reserved Zone is the best rainforest location to see this species, with almost 70% of visitors during the dry season (July through September). You can now see these majestic cats on the banks or beaches of the Manu River.

Manu National Park Animals The number of species Vertebrates are the most well-known group, comprising 221 species (5% of all mammals). 1,025 birds (10%) 150 species of amphibians. There are 100 species of reptiles currently known. In recent years, new species from all the Groups have been discovered in the South American cloud forests protected areas. There are many more to come. In the parks' rivers and Cochas (Oxbow Lakes), 210 species have been identified. There are 1,307 species of butterflies (5% of the total world), 136 dragonflies, and 650 beetles. Known species have been listed, but there are likely many more in the Amazon Basin. This diversity can be seen in Manu National Park's taxonomic group with over 5,000 species. It is equivalent to 1/6th of all the world's flora. The area around the Cocha Cashu Research Station has an astonishing 1,437 species. The chart below shows the distribution of families living in Manu National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Manu National Park Records The Manu National Park List of animals is one of the most diverse in the world. See the records bellow 1025 SPECIES of Bird including cock of the rock. 221 SPECIES OF MAMMALS 1307 SPECIES OF BUTTERFLIES 8 SPECIES OF WILDCATS 15 SPECIES OF PRIMATES 27 SPECIES of MACAWS 132 SPECIES of Reptiles 155 SPECIES OF AMPHIBIANS 300 SPECIES OF ANTS 650 SPECIES OF BEETLES Mammals in Manu National Park Manu Rainforest is home to a remarkable diversity of mammals. There are 221 species that have been recorded so far. Despite their high number, most mammals are difficult to spot in the rainforest. The most spectacular and large taxa that you will see are the primates, ungulates, and carnivores. Larger mammals are more tolerant of visitors after 40 years of hunting protection. Manu is the Amazon Rainforest’s best place to observe mammals. The highlights include: The Giant Otter and Giant Armadillos are the largest and can be found in large groups along the lakes. They are the top predator in Amazonian lakes and they are highly entertaining to observe. The Jaguar, the largest cat in South America, is a delight for anyone who has the opportunity to see it. Manu Reserved Zone is the best rainforest location to see this species, with almost 70% of visitors during the dry season (July through September). You can now see these majestic cats on the banks or beaches of the Manu River. Monkeys in Manu National Park We can also mention that the park is home to 15 species of primates. The tiny Pygmy Marmoset and Spider Monkeys are also included. The Red Howler Monkey, the world's smallest primate and one of the most distinctive sounds of Amazon. His howling can be heard far into the forest. Other Mammals Large herds of white-lipped Peccaries are found in the forest and they can be seen destroying plants and animals. Night walks offer the chance to see smaller mammals such as opossums, night monkeys, spectacled bears, rodents, and other small mammals.

Monkeys in Manu National Park

We can also mention that the park is home to 15 species of primates. The list also includes the tiny Pygmy Marmoset and Spider Monkeys. The Red Howler Monkey, the world’s smallest primate and one of the most distinctive sounds of Amazon. He howls loudly enough to be heard far into the forest.

Other Mammals

Large herds of white-lipped Peccaries are frequent in the forest. They can be seen destroying plants and animals. Night walks offer the chance to see smaller mammals such as opossums, night monkeys, spectacled bears, rodents, and other small mammals.