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Amazing Animals Of The Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is full of beauty and mystery. The animals that call it home are no different. Some hide under the surface of the glistening water, waiting to ambush their prey. Others display vibrant colors while nesting in the trees. These are the best pictures of the majestic wildlife of the Amazon rainforest. You won’t believe what one caterpillar has to do to scare off predators!

The Pink River Dolphin Needs Our Help

Playing in the waters of the Amazon here is the rare pink nose dolphin. The native mammal can grow up to eight feet, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one.pink river dolphin.jpg

Photo Credit: Mark Carwardine / Barcroft Media / Getty Images

Living in remote parts of the Amazon, scientists believed the animal is endangered. They have yet to find a large enough community to take a population consensus. Don’t lose hope, though. Throughout this article, you’ll learn about conservation efforts to save animals rainforest wide!

Blink And You’ll Miss The Black Mantled Tamarin

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Roaming the rainforest with a 28-centimeter body, the black mantled tamarin can be easy to miss. Living in Brazil, Columbia, and Peru, this squirrel-sized munchkin stays hidden in the trees.

Considered a “New World monkey,” tamarins are estimated to be 40 million years old. Luckily, they don’t look a day over 29!

The Arapaima Is One Big Fish

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The arapaima makes its living in the Amazon river. The big fish can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh up to 450 pounds. The picture above shows an arapaima being brought back to shore.

Also called the pirarucu, the fish is an important food along the Amazon. Because of overfishing, the government has banned catching the arapaima from December until March while their numbers return. Next, we have a sloth hanging out in a tree waiting to say hi!

No Better Time For A Sloth To Hang Out

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This picture was taken in 1981 in Brazil. The sloth is casually hanging on a tree branch, living its best life. This particular sloth is one of four species of three-toed sloths that live in Brazil.

The three-toed sloth will spend up to 80 percent of its day sleeping. When active, it will feed and move very slowly.

Jaguars Just Want To Live

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Photo Credit: MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images

An endangered species, this jaguar is laying on the shores of the Rio Negro in Northern Brazil. In Brazil, the jaguar is endangered, forcing the government to pass laws to conserve the species.

Large reserves have been set up in Brazil to help increase the jaguars’ population size. Our friend above lives on the reserve certified by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Natural Resources. Coming up, a monkey whose face is red from embarrassment!

The Bald Uakari Looks Really Embarrassed About Something

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Photo Credit: Jose Caldas/Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty Images

Seriously, what did this poor guy do that has his so embarrassed? He looks guilty of something at the very least!

Another “New World” monkey, the bald uakari can grow up to 18 inches and weigh eight pounds. LIving most of its life in trees above flooded forests, the bald uakari comes down to collect food once the water has washed away.

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