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Manu’s incredible biodiversity breaks records!

Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or planet.

Don’t believe that Manu has the highest biodiversity levels on earth? Manu has recently broken records for numbers of amphibians and reptiles. Why not read this article from National Geographic to find out more about the biodiversity record.

Take a look below to find out about some of the species that we think are great examples of Manu’s astounding biodiversity to set you straight.

There are at least 1300 species of butterflies and 650 species of beetle but are so exotic they still haven’t been named and these numbers not confirmed!

Blue-rayed Metal Mark - Lyropteryx apollonia
Blue-rayed Metal Mark – Lyropteryx apollonia


Manu is one of the most reliable destinations to see Jaguars. Nearly 70% of visitors have seen these magnificent cats during the dry season in recent years according to recent figures from the National Park Authorities.

The Jaguar - Panthera Onca
The Jaguar – Panthera Onca. Image (c) Rob Williams

The world record for the most bird species seen in a day in a single location was set on the Manu River with a staggering 331 species being recorded.
1,025 species of birds (over 10% of the world’s total) have been recorded in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. More than the number found in the United States and Canada combined.

White Browed Antbird, Male & Female - Myrmoborus leucophrys
White Browed Antbird, Male & Female – Myrmoborus leucophrys

More than 20,000 plant species are present in the park including trees, ferns, orchids, and more. These numbers continue to grow and new species are being discovered all the time which is why Manu can still claim to be the most biodiverse place on earth.

Delicate ferns thrive in the shade beneath the canopy
Delicate ferns thrive in the shade beneath the canopy



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