|Capybara on Tambopata river|
I knew I would probably not see one in the rainforest, or at its margins along the riverbank. So I teased the guide and he humoured me, scheduling extra rivertrips on both of my visits to Peru. We saw so many creatures, and here are just some of them, along the banks or up in the treetops. But no jaguar. Not even an ocelot.
Until the journey back from the research lodge deep in Tambopata National Reserve, back to the lodge in the buffer zone hours downriver. Scroll down and you can see him, and I've written about him before in a previous post. I've also tried to write about him in the last poem in Mama Amazonica, struck by Pablo Neruda's line "like a river of buried jaguars" from The Heights of Macchu Picchu.
Imagine seeing a jaguar in his vast home, the place that takes hours to cross by plane!
Photos by Brian Fraser and Jungle Paul
|Capybara with cowbird|
|we find a jaguar!|
|Paul F Condori our guide Jungle Paul's photo|
|White-lipped peccary lookout male watching us as his herd pass, clacking his teeth together to scare us away|
|peccary herd at the clay lick|
|Dusky titi monkey baby with mama, her back to us|
|Photo of giant river otter in oxbow lake, following our catamaran, by Paul F Condori|
|Red howler monkeys|