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Caymans sighting in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Nov 25, 2017 10:55:00 AM

The black Cayman, is considered the king of the Amazonian rivers and lakes, If you would like to spot an individual it is necessary to navigate at night, as they are nocturnal animals.

The Cayman is listed as a vulnerable species in PeruTheir main threat are humans, although natural enemies are just as powerful as the anaconda and jaguar.

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Unfortunately it's haunted because of its skin located in its stomach being trafficked for making belts, wallets, shoes, among other luxury items.

Nowadays it is protected in different natural areas, being the Manu National Park and Tambopata National Reserve, areas that concentrate large populations of black caiman.

In the middle of the darkness we go on a canoe flatwater rivers or deep lakes and floodplains. These are the perfect places to find Caymans hunting for food.

As we sail quietly we find ourselves surrounded by the countless jungle noises,  but we must remain very focused in order to find those red points in the surface of the water, which are the eyes of the Cayman observing us. Slowly we approach to have a better view of this great animal that can measure 4,5 meters and weigh 200 kilos. 

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The sighting of Caymans in the night is included in the majority of our tours in the Amazon and to appreciate  so close, one of the main predators of the forest, will make this adventure an unforgetable experience .

Some of the tours that include this experience are :

1. Tours in Tambopata:
* Sandoval Lake Lodge
* Heath River Wildlife Center

2. Tours in Manu
* Manu Wildlife Center
* Manu Camp Wildlife Center

If you would like to be part of one of our programs to Peruvian Amazon  and travel with us to find these beautiful animals please feel free to Contact us


Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Travel & Adventure, Amazon, Amazon Lodges

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