Giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis). These grow to over 6 feet (1.8m) long. They hunt in family groups and are known as river wolves. They are one of the rarest mammals on the planet due to having been hunted for their pelts. An adult male basks in the afternoon sun during the seven hours a day spent hunting for fish.
Share this Image
Save 50% when you join our email list
* Final price based on usage, not file size.
- AWL Images
- color image
- color photography
- color picture
- giant otter
- Latin America
- Latin American (places and things)
- Manu Biosphere Reserve
- national park
- otter (animal)
- river otter (animal)
- South America
- stock photograph
- stock picture
- Sunset on a bend of the Upper Manu River. The rivers are the highways of the Amazon. Ecotourists riding back from a day's wildlife watching are rewarded with the sight of a tropical sky reflected on the surface.
- Algae on an Amazonian oxbow lake. Over 90% of lowland forest has at one time or another been a lake or riverbed. The river bends that form oxbow lakes eventually silt up and are overgrown by swamp,bamboo and other fast growing secondary forest trees.
- A family of 14 capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris). These are the world's largest rodent weighing up to 140lbs (65kg). The jaguar is their main enemy.
- Red and green macaws (Ara chloroptera) gather in a tree at dawn before descending to a clay lick,where the minerals in the earth help neutralise the toxins given off by the plants they eat.
- One of many hundreds of tree frogs found within Manu National Park. Note the suckers on its feet and the large eyes for nocturnal vision.
- Community spiders create huge webs enveloping entire trees. Here the dew drops of dawn create a fairy tale effect. The fruit are Limas,a citrus similar to a grapefruit.
- A male Ameiva lizard ( Ameiva ameiva) follows the female seen vertically top left of the picture. His colouring matches leaf litter both long dead and recent.
- Slash and burn agriculture is one of the largest destructive forces in the Amazon. The surrounding forest is filled with smoke.
More Related Images
- A local ecotourism guide surveys the lowland forest from a ridge. In her daypack she carries binoculars,bird book and first aid. Bird watching is popular here where the world record for species diversity is held.
- Pierid butterflies. Absorb minerals from the urine of capybaras deposited on the beach half an hour previously. Minerals are extremely hard to come by in the Amazon rain forest and are sought out wherever they can be found.
- White caiman (caiman crocodilus). Smaller of the two common South American crocodilians. Never as endangered as it's large Black relative due to the size of it's small pelt.
- Peru,Amazon,Amazon River. Earthwatch volunteer and scientist recording data of a land Transect in the Lago Preto Reserve. .
- Peru,Amazon,Amazon River. A liana (or Monkey Staircase) reaches down to the forest floor from the rainforest Canopy,Lago Preto Conservation Reserve,Amazon.
- Peru,Amazon,Amazon River. Philodendren leaves at the Zoological Park of Quistococha,in Iquitos.
- Peru,Amazon,Amazon River. A stand of Bamboo at the Zoological Park of Quistococha,in Iquitos.
- Peru,Amazon,Yavari River. Rain & mist on the Yavari River,Lago Preto Conservation Reserve.