Exploring the Peruvian Amazon

November 24, 2016

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Manu National Park is situated in the Manu biosphere in Peru, and is the most biodiverse place on earth.

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The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most ancient forest that covers a large area in South America. Peru covers 13 percent of the rainforest.

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This was a shed that was built to monitor the clay lick bank where the Blue headed Macaw along with other Macaws can be found. According to the IUCN Red list, the Blue headed macaw is labeled as an endangered species.

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The butterflies are a really important part of the ecosystem because they can be used as an indicator species for the health of the forest.

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This boa lived in the roof of the pod that we used to stay in, and looked really comfortable there.

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This is commonly known as Monkey frog, and it looks like a toy.

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This was a caterpillar we found in the forest, with the incredible hairstyle.

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This is Gavin, she lived in the Cecropia tree and shouted from there once in a while.

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These are the bait for the Orchid bees Surveys, the Orchid bees are found in Central and South America, and are really colourful insects. They are attracted to good smell and these bottles of perfumes we used to attract them to come.

 

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This was the camera trapping technique we used in the forest along with a team of National Geographic photographers to capture pictures of the animals in their natural habitat and along the trails.

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This tree is called the Walking Palm as it have these multiple roots. The belief among the local tribes is that the tree walks in the jungle over a period of years and changes its position!

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This is the Cock of the Rocks bird which is the National Bird of Peru.

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This is a Wooly Monkey, and they are found in a few countries of South America! They are Bipedal and have really thick fur. They spend most of their life in the trees, and can live upto 24 years.

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This was a tree that fell in the jungle. It is a common phenomena for trees to fall down as the soil in the rainforest is not that dense.  The roots of the trees intertwine with each other so as to provide support to each other.
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These are some low resolution camera trap images around the clay lick in the jungle where the animals come to explore, to drink water and take nutrients by licking the clay.

 

 

 

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