The Peruvian jungle is undoubtedly magical and unforgettable in all its aspects; the landscapes that surround it, the food and typical dances etc. In addition, the great diversity of indigenous communities is impressive. On the other hand, one of the most surprising things is the great variety of its flora and fauna. For this reason, we made a list of top 5 most curious animals of the Peruvian rainforest.
1. The Pink Dolphin
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It is a large cetacean that lives in the basins of Amazonian lakes. It can weigh up to 200 kg and can also measure up to 3 meters. The pink dolphin is also known as the Colorado Bufeo. Also, this curious animal is the protagonist of one of the best-known legends in the Peruvian jungle. It is believed to be a kind of deity that has the power to become a man. But not just any man, he is a handsome young man who seeks to delight the women of the town.
When the girls fall into their charms, the Colorado Bufeo takes her home to the waters, to live next to her forever. Undoubtedly, the pink dolphin is part of the magic and jungle culture.
2. The Tunqui
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It is also known as cock of the rocks. This is the national bird of Peru and, in addition, is protected. Therefore, their hunting and marketing are totally prohibited. The differentiation between female and male occurs in the vividness of their colors. The males have a bright plumage and a peculiar crest while the females have opaque plumage and a very small crest.
3. The Shushupe
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Shushupe is one of the largest and most dangerous snakes worldwide. Its skin is dark brown color, with orange tones and black spots in the form of diamonds. In addition to being a rare and dangerous animal, shushupe is the protagonist of many legends and jungle tales.
4. The Titi Monkey
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It is one of the most known and curious species of the Peruvian jungle. It feeds on fruits, insects and small reptiles. In addition, he lives on top of the trees of the Amazon jungles. Regarding its size, it can reach up to 40 cm and does not weigh more than 700 gm. His fur is very striking, as is his appearance.
5. The Hill Dog
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This is a very curious case. In the Peruvian jungle, the presence of the dog of the mount was registered only in the year 1987. Today, this species was captured by the cameras after 30 years without knowing anything about them. It is noteworthy that the mountain dog is in danger of extinction, signaling a problem for the jungle. This animal is carnivorous and frugivorous, this means that it serves as a seed disperser, allowing it to regenerate the Amazon forest.
Courtesy Article from Explorandes, turism in Perú