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This biggest cat species of the western hemisphere is shy and never easy to see but healthy populations do occur in Tambopata and it is regularly seen on 15% of the boat trips to and from the Tambopata Research Center.
Macaw parrots
The rainforests at Tambopata are famous for macaws and with good reason; healthy populations of six species occur. These include three large species; Blue and Yellow, Red and Green, and Scarlet Macaws, and three smaller species; Chestnut-fronted, Red-bellied, and Blue-headed Macaws.
Giant River Otter
This large aquatic mammal can reach a length of two meters (six feet) and only occurs in wild, protected areas of the Amazon basin. Populations of the Giant Otter in Tambopata escaped much of that persecution and continue to live in large oxbow lakes that host large numbers of fish.
Red Howler Monkey
In the morning and late afternoon, the loud, far-carrying cries of these primates can be heard in the rainforests of Tambopata. This monkey species is seen quite often from canopy towers, while travelling on the river, and during hikes on trails around the lodges.
Harpy Eagle
One of the most powerful raptor species in the world, the Harpy Eagle can grow to a length of more than a meter and uses a massive hooked beak, and talons as large as Grizzly Bear claws to catch sloths, monkeys, toucans, and even brocket deer. One of the must-see birds of prey on the planet.
Small Spectacled Caimans and large Black Caimans are seen along the Tambopata River and in oxbow lakes. At night, shining a light on the surface of the water can reveal dozens of twin red Spectacled Caiman eyes looking back at you.
Seven species of toucans live in the rainforests around the ecolodges. Most reside in the canopy although the small Emerald Toucanet, and Lettered Aracari sometimes forage at lower levels along the river. Other toucan species are usually seen from canopy towers or places that can look into the tree tops.
White-lipped Peccary
This wild pig is an indicator species of wild, remote areas. It quickly disappears from places where hunting occurs and requires huge areas of primary forest for survival. Although this species occurs at all of the Rainforest Expeditions ecolodges, it is seen most often at the Tambopata Research Center.
This largest rodent species is a common sight on the way to and from the Tambopata Research Center. The adults are as big as a medium-sized dog and spend their time feeding on grass at the edge of the river. They usually occur in family groups that include juveniles.
Morpho Butterfly
Hundreds of butterfly species live in the rainforests around the Rainforest Expeditions ecolodges but few are as striking and noticeable as the Morphos. These big butterflies catch the eye with shining, iridescent blue colours that seem to shine in the dim understory.

Rainforest Expeditions has supported a number of conservation programmes in Tambopata, Peru since the 1990s. The company has been involved with macaw research in southeastern Peru for many years, the findings of which have aided conservation of these threatened birds in Peru, Costa Rica, and other South American countries.

In closely working with the local people, Rainforest Expeditions has also helped provide the locals with employment and funding for community projects and alternatives income to logging and hunting for the bush meat trade. The construction of Posada Amazonas also turned a local hunting area into a protected, community-owned wildlife reserve.

Rainforest Expeditions is betting for technology and developing an innovative citizen science program with projects focusing on researching jaguar populations and discovering new species of tiger moths.

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