Mammals of Manu

Here are some of the fascinating Mammals that can be found in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Click on the picture for a larger image.

Big Cats

There are several cat species that are found in Manu, the most famous of which is the Jaguar. There are also pumas, ocelots, margays and jaguarundis living in the park.

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

 Anteaters & Sloths

Anteaters and sloths are in the same family, Pilosa. Manu is one of the few places you can see the giant anteater, but you can also find tamandua and sloths here too.

Brown-throated Sloth - Bradypus variegatus
Brown-throated Sloth – Bradypus variegatus


As well as the famous giant otter, pictured bellow, the neotropical otter can also be found in Manu National Park.

Giant Otter - Pteronura brasiliensis, image (c) Bertie Gregory
Giant Otter – Pteronura brasiliensis, image (c) Bertie Gregory


The word armadillo means little armoured one in Spanish, which is certainly an apt name!



Several different types of monkey can be seen, and heard, in the park. Including spider, howler and squirrel monkeys, tamarins, the mysterious night monkeys and titi monkeys.

Common Squirrel Monkey - Saimiri sciureus
Common Squirrel Monkey – Saimiri sciureus

Small Mammals

The small mammals of the park include the usual mice and squirrels, but there are also more exciting species like the opossums and capybara, the largest rodent in the world.

Capybara - Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
Capybara – Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris


Tapirs are the largest native land mammal of South America.

South American Tapir - Tapirus terrestris
Baird’s Tapir – Tapirus bairdii


Peccaries are South American Mammals that strongly resemble pigs but are not actually in the same family. You can find both white lipped and collared peccaries in Manu.

Baby Peccary
Baby Peccary


Brocket deer are a genus of deer which live in central and south America. Red and Grey Brocket can be found in the Park.

Red Brocket - Mazama americana
Red Brocket – Mazama americana


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