Sunday, October 18, 2015

Amazon Wildlife Sting Ray

We want to share a cool Amazon Wildlife video this time, check for the River Sting Ray found during a nature trip deep in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.

River Stingrays are the only batoids (skates, saw fish and sharkes) completely restricted to fresh water habitats. They have a venomous caudal sting, and are one of the most feared freshwater fishes in the Amazon Rainforest. However, they are not dangerous unless stepped on or otherwise threatened.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Shiripuno: The River

The Shiripuno Rivers is a true Amazonian River, it totally depends on local & regional rainfall, it can change its level in matters of hours after a heavy downpour; when flooding it collects sediments to deposit it on other areas needed, creating unique habitats such as varzeas.

The amount of fallen tree makes a difficul river to navigate, this river is only for those with jungle skill.

The Shiripuno Rivers is the heart of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador, it constantly meanders, creating a series of oxbow lakes, resulting in homes of several species of exotic creatures such as anacondas, caiman, tegus, turtles and piranahs along catfish.

The water of Shiripuno River has the milky color due for the amount of sediments carrying downstream to build up temporaries beach use by yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles to nest during the dry season.

Along the Shiripuno River is the Exclusive Shiripuno Lodge surrounded by miles and miles of unbroken forest of the world-famous Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, facilities are designed for birders and nature lovers willing to be in touch with a true wilderness in Ecuador.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nine-banded Armadillo in the Yasuni

The Yasuni Trap Camera would like to share with you our great finding:
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) is a medium-sized mammal found in North, Central, and South America, making it the most widespread of the armadillos.
Its ancestors originated in South America, and remained there until thousands of years later when the formation of the Isthmus of Panama allowed them to enter North America as part of the Great American Interchange.

The nine-banded armadillo is a solitary, mainly nocturnal animal, found in many kinds of habitats, from mature and secondary rainforests to grassland and dry scrub. It is an insectivore, feeding chiefly on ants, termites, and other small invertebrates. #YasuniWilderness

Amazon Abroad in Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is the major destination for hundreds of high school & college students from aroud the world.
All have something in common: Experience the Diversity of Life.
The Yasuni Biosphere Reserve offers the perfect setting to empower the curiosity of a young mind with exploratory hikes and activities to encounter all sort of organisms living in the Tropical Rainforest.

Shiripuno Lodge offers packages for all ages and interest to a make a life changing experience. Check our #AmazonAbroad programs at

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Yasuni Wilderness: Mammals

In the Amazon Rainforest there is a place that  holds about 40% of the mammalian diversity of the entire Amazon Basint, we invite you watch some of this special mammals, a handful of them are in the most rare category; it is worth to mention as well, all of them are under a constant threat by development activities in the area of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.

Enjoy the Yasuni Wilderness: Mammals, our last effort to share the diversity of life with the world, stay tune with the Yasuni at  If you got this far,.. Please share it.. Thanks

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Red Brocket Deer

The Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador is home  of the largest of all brocket deer (14 spp), and also has the greatest range in South America, ranging from northern Argentina to Colombia and the Guianas. It also occurs on the island of Trinidad in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Yasuni National Park have many salt licks where the Red Brocket comes to drink water enriched with minerals, as you can see it moves carefully before drinking it making sure no predation is watching it

Red brockets are  hard to see because of the habitat in which they live and their predator avoidance techniques. If they are spotted by a predator or can hear something approaching, they sometimes freeze in place.

Monday, March 30, 2015

White-lipped Peccary

The Amazon Rainforest has special places commonly known as "salt licks" or "clay licks", this location have a high concentration of  fossilized mineral which help herbivores in stabilizing their digestive system.

Thundresd of White-lipped Peccaries visit this places frequently to get a fine dose of this precious water rich in minerals.