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Wildlife In Bolivia - Bolivian Wildlife
Like its climate and geography, wildlife in Bolivia is very diverse. There are many different types of animals in Bolivia that can be found and still more to be discovered. Bolivia is home to thousands of species of animals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects.
From the high peaks of the Andes Mountains to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, to the Pantanal wetlands and the semi-arid scrublands of the Gran Chaco, Bolivia's extraordinary range of geography and climate supports one of the most diverse wildlife countries in the world, home to more than 1400 known birds, around 250 species of reptiles, 166 species of amphibians, 550 species of fish, and around 300 species of mammals.
The poor infrastructure of roads and low population density has helped ensure that large areas of Bolivia wildlife are relatively undisturbed by human activity, and roughly 17% of Bolivia's land mass is now covered by national parks and other protected areas. A few of the biggest national parks in Bolivia are Noel Kempff and Amboro National Park, and Madidi National Park.
With a little perseverance, you can see most of the animals you want to see. And there are many good tour guides that know the right places to take you to spot wildlife and when a guide says that you will see certain animals, birds, or insects, they are usually telling the truth. This is especially true in the Amazon area, where there is abundant wildlife to see.
If you are traveling to Bolivia and not able to adventure out into the wildlife in Bolivia, then a great way to see some Bolivian animals that are native to the country are at one of its zoos. Such as the zoo in La Paz or the zoo in Santa Cruz
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Wildlife In The Andes - Altiplano RegionWildlife In Bolivia Andes region is diverse, there are numerous species of animals that can be found. When people think of animals in Bolivia, the first animal that usually comes to mind is the llama or the alpaca, which is found in the Altiplano region of the Bolivian Andes.
Although llamas and alpacas are hardly wild, having been domesticated for centuries in the Andean highlands, you're bound to see plenty of them throughout the Altiplano region in La Paz or the Uyuni region.
Also, another notable animal in Bolivia, is the rare Spectacled Bear, also known as the Andean Bear. The Andean Bear is a rare and endangered animal that lives in the Andes mountains in South America, near tree lines and are the only bear species found in Latin America.
There are over 120 known bird species that live in the Altiplano of the Bolivian Andes. Probably the most notable is the Andean Condor, which is the national bird of Bolivia. The Andean Condor has a large wingspan, which ranges from 280cm to 320cm (9 to 10.5 feet).
In the southern Altiplano region of Bolivia is the habitat of flamingos. Colonies of Andean flamingos and Jamess flamingos can be can be found living near shallow lakes which are feeding and breeding grounds for flamingos such as in the Salar de Uyuni region
Wildlife In The Bolivian AmazonThe northeastern slopes of the Bolivian Andes gives away to the Amazon basin through different ecological zones, from the high cloudforest to the lowland tropical rainforest of the Amazon.
The Amazon Rainforest has a variety of wildlife, with thousands of species of animals and insects, and many more still yet to be discovered.
Probably the best way to spot wildlife in the Bolivian Amazon is along a river by boat near the town of Rurrenabaque. Where you'll most likely see numerous birds including toucans, parrots and many other types. Many of Bolivia's species of monkeys can also be spotted hanging from the trees.
Mammal in the rainforest include the capybara; the world's largest rodent, wild boar, armadillos, sloths, jaguars and much more. The rivers of the Bolivian Amazon teem with fish, from giant catfish to the piranha. You'll also see caiman crocodiles, anaconda snakes and in some rivers pink freshwater dolphins.
Wildlife In The Eastern Lowlands Of BoliviaTo the east of the Bolivian Andes and south of the Bolivian Amazon the forest ecology gradually changes as it adapts to lower and more seasonally varied rainfall. The Santa Cruz region is home to a tropical savanna climate.
Though the wildlife is less diverse than the Amazon, it is home to many of the same animal species as in the Amazon, as well as a variety of bird life. The Santa Cruz region is a good birding destination to spot countless number of birds.
Bolivian PantanalsTo the far eastern side of Bolivia, with the border of Brazil is Pantanals, which stretches far across Brazil and also spills over into parts of Bolivia. The Pantanal is the world's largest wet land ecosystem that is a maze of swamps and waterways.
The Pantanal is home is home to many of the same animal species as in the Amazon, where you can find a variety of birds, snakes, insects and is said to contain one of the highest concentration of caiman crocodiles in the world.
The town of Puerto Suárez in Bolivia is a great starting point for visiting the Pantanal.
Gran Chaco WildlifeThe Gran Chaco is located in the south to southeastern section of Bolivia, which also runs through Paraguay, Argentina and a portion of Brazil. The climate of the Gran Chaco is semi-arid to semi-tropical. Notable Bolivian cities in this region are Villamontes and Camiri.
The land is a sparsely populated and lies in a lowland region with flat scrublands and grasslands. The area supports abundant wildlife, including jaguar, puma, deer, armadillo, wild boar and much more.
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