The enormous biological diversity contained within Tambopata National Reserve and our own Tambopata Ecolodge Private Conservation Area is due to the broad variety of ecosystems they protect. Tambopata is home to a total of eight tropical ecosystems, including extensive wetland areas.
The protected forests, rivers and lakes of Tambopata provide a safe haven for several major species categorized as endangered in other parts of the Amazon basin. The forests that crowd the banks of the Tambopata River are one of the best –and most accessible- places in South America for an ecotourism vacation and the appreciation, observation and photographing of an incredible variety of flora and fauna.
Within the borders of our gigantic neighbor, Tambopata National Reserve, the presence has been recorded of more than 600 species of birds, 1200 butterfly species, over 200 species of fish, 103 different reptiles, and 169 mammals. Our own Private Conservation Area borders the National Reserve, and we operate our conservation-based ecotourism programs in both areas of forest.
The rainforest and wetland ecosystems we help to protect offer the perfect habitat for major species of fauna. These include giant river otters, neo-tropical otters, pumas, jaguars and ocelots.
Primate species that our guests can expect to see –and hear- include spider monkeys, saddle-backed tamarins, howler monkeys, brown woolly monkeys, squirrel monkeys, brown and tufted capuchins, and even the rare night monkey, the world’s only known nocturnal primate species.
Other large mammal species found with the Tambopata National Reserve include the South American tapir, white-lipped peccaries, collared peccaries, gray deer, and both two-toed and three-toed sloths.
Many of the populations of major fauna in Tambopata have actually become more abundant in recent years. For example, the jaguar population in Tambopata is thriving. In an important sign of the good health of the forests of Tambopata that we help to protect, jaguar sightings have been increasing year-on-year, and many of our guests are fortunate enough to experience a dream sighting of this most solitary and elusive of the Amazon rainforest’s apex predators.
At our jungle lodge, we remain fully committed to the sustainable tourism model we have been perfecting for more than three decades, and to welcoming travelers from all over the world while ensuring that the Amazon rainforests we help to protect will continue to provide a secure refuge for the wonderful animals with which we share our rainforest home.