Forest Habitat

Animals in the Amazon Forest Habitat

Habitat: Forests

Country where habitat is located: Amazon in South America

Animals that live there: Sloth, Amazon River Dolphin, Black Spider Monkey, Jaguar, and Macaw

Information about Sloths: Sloths live in the canopy of the forest and travel at a rate of 40 yards per day. They eat leaves, twigs, and buds.Their metabolic rate is exceptionally slow, and they spend about 15 to 20 hours a day sleeping. Occasionally they will come down from their treetops and go into the water for a paddle.

Information about Amazon River Dolphins: The Amazon River Dolphin also known as the pink river dolphin or boto lives only in freshwater. It is a relatively abundant freshwater cetacean with an estimated population in the tens of thousands. Though in certain areas it is classified as vulnerable due to dams that fragment and threaten certain populations and from other threats such as contamination in the lake or river.

Information about Black Spider Monkeys: The black spider monkey which is also known as the Guiana or red-faced spider monkey is found in eastern South America in areas north of the Amazon River. They are one of seven species of spider monkeys found in Latin America and one of the largest primate species in South America.

Information about Jaguars: Jaguars are strong swimmers and climbers and require large areas of tropical rain forest and stretches of riverbank to survive. Hunting and habitat loss due to deforestation continue to threaten the survival of these cats.

Information about Macaws: The Amazonian rain forest is a bird lover's paradise, home to over a thousand different species, including the blue-and-yellow macaw. Macaws are highly intelligent, mate for life and can live up to 60 years. The vibrant color and pattern of their feathers make them a popular species in the illegal pet trade, which has devastated populations of wild exotic birds.

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