Photo Essay: Wildlife in the Tambopata National Reserve

A Jaguar in Tambopata
A Jaguar in Tambopata (photo: Thomas Marrent)

This photo essay features the beautiful and varied wildlife of the Tambopata National Reserve in southeastern Peru.

During my week in the Amazon, the shortcomings of my compact Canon S100 became abundantly clear.

This post includes a few of my photos, but is predominantly the work of Jeff Cremer, who runs photography tours and workshops through Rainforest Expeditions.

I saw everything in these photos, and much more. The one exception is the Giant River Otter, which was too cute to leave out on such a minor technicality.

Squirrel Monkey
Squirrel Monkey (photo: Jeff Cremer)
Saddle Back Tamarin
Saddle Back Tamarin (photo: Jeff Cremer)
Howler Monkey
Howler Monkeys are currently the loudest animals on Earth (photo: Jeff Cremer)
Dusky Titi Monkey
Dusky Titi Monkey (photo: Dominique and Christine Bailliez)
Capybara, the world's largest rodents
Capybara, the world’s largest rodents, are seen feeding along the Tambopata River
River Otters are increasingly rare in Tambopata
A rare spotting of a Giant River Otter (photo: Jeff Cremer)
Bats at Oxbow Lake
Bats are well camouflaged against the underside of this tree at Oxbow Lake
Caiman (photo: Jeff Cremer)
A Skink hanging out beside a dead tree trunk
Scarlet Macaws in flight
A pair of Scarlet Macaws in flight (photo: Jeff Cremer)
A variety of parrots feeding at a clay lick
A variety of colorful Parrots feeding at a clay lick (photo: Jeff Cremer)
A pair of blue and yellow Macaws
A pair of Blue and Yellow Macaws in flight (photo: Jeff Cremer)
Roadside Hawk
Roadside Hawk (photo: Jeff Cremer)
Amazon Kingfisher
Amazon Kingfisher (photo: Jeff Cremer)


Disclosure: This tour was in partnership with Rainforest Expeditions. As always, any opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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  1. says

    hey, Amazing pictures you have here! my favorite would have to be the giant river otter, a great find! and also the picture of the camouflage bats, i would never of been able to spot them! keep up the good work. :)

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