Wild Life of the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is the home of over 300 species of mammals, thousands of freshwater fish, tens of thousands of trees and nearly a hundred thousand other plant species.
Also there are so many species of insects that experts agree they will find them all!
Some say it is 20,000. Others say it is nearer to millions! New species of wildlife are still being discovered today!


Weighing up to 90 kilograms and measuring up to 75 centimetres at the shoulder. The Jaguar is the largest member of the cat family outside Asia and Africa.

Macaws are members of the parrot family.

The Amazon is home to the piranha, one of the world's most terrifying fish. Up to 60 centimetres long, piranhas hunt in shoals, or packs, and can kill cattle or humans and strip the flesh from their bones in afew minutes.
You wouldn't want one of these in your fish tank!
The rainforest atmosphere is so damp that a wide variety of frogs can thrive without living dose to rivers or streams. The huge horned frog is found only In The Amazon forest is the only place in the world where the Giant Horned Frog is found.
The toucan is found in the wild nowhere else in the world. Its huge beak, which can be as long as 20 centimetres enables it to eat large fruit.
An Anaconda at rest.
When it is hungry, it will uncoil itself and lie still in the water with only its eyes above the surface, waiting for prey.
Many stories are told about anacondas attacking fishermen, but it is rare for anacondas to attack humans unless they are being directly assualted or agitated.

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