Ten Must See Animals Of Manu National Park


Manu National Park is one of the Earth’s top natural treasures. No other protected place has more biodiversity than this area of tropical forests, oxbow lakes, and other speciose habitats. To give an idea of the incredible species diversity found in Manu, more bird species live there than have been found in Canada and the United States combined! Add those 1,000 plus bird species to hundreds of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and thousands of insects and it becomes quite the challenge to pick out ten of the best.encounter a variety of wildlife:

With so many species of animals to choose from, it can be pretty tough to settle on a top ten must see animal list but you will probably agree that all of the following can’t help but stand out. We also had to consider which animals are more likely to be seen and which would be tough to glimpse. This is why we left Jaguar off the list. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be seen because some visitors to Manu do see one (!) but the chances are much less than seeing the following wildlife :


Macaws: Seven species of these huge spectacular parrots live in Manu including the Blue and Gold, Scarlet, and uncommon Blue-headed. Most are also fairly easy to see, and a few species put on a natural show at the Blanquillo clay lick.


Hoatzin: This bird is a must see because it’s so darn strange. The young have claws on their wings for clambering through lakeside vegetation, the adults can barely fly, and can give off a foul smell!


Andean Cock of the Rock: Imagine a bird the size of a pigeon with flaming red, black, and white plumage, loud calls, and a strange Trojan-helmet shaped head and you have this bird! The cloud forests of Manu are an excellent place to watch it in action.


Night Monkey and other primates: Manu is a wonderful place to see monkeys, including such species as the rare Wooly Monkey, two species of Capuchins, Black Spider Monkey, and the adorable Pygmy Marmoset. Night Monkeys are also common and often encountered on night hikes.


Capybara: This is a must see animal because it’s the world’s largest rodent. Watch for this funny creature on the banks of rivers. South American Bullfrog: Many of the frogs in Manu are beautiful and worth seeing but this one is one of the easiest to see. Watch for it in ditches and near puddles at night.


Caimans: The South American equivalent of alligators, there are at least four species that live in Manu National Park. Two are small, secretive species of the forest, the Spectacled is easily seen on river banks and at night, and the Black is a large predator in big oxbow lakes.


Morpho butterflies: Huge butterflies with shocking blue wings are always a must see! Several species occur in Manu and are often seen along rivers and in lodge gardens.


Giant Otter: This aquatic mammal can be as big as a person and was unfortunately hunted to near extinction in many parts of the Amazon. A good population occurs in Manu and can be seen at oxbow lakes.


Brazilian Tapir: This biggest mammal of the park is more difficult to find than the other animals on this list but Manu is a very good place to see it. Watch the riverbanks at dawn, dusk, and night, and keep an eye out for this interesting mammal on forest trails. Visit Manu National Park and you have a pretty good chance of seeing all of the above along with lots of other jungle wildlife.