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Animals in Peru
The South American country of Peru has a wide diversity of native animal life due to the three types of habitats found within its borders. The coastal zone, highland area and jungle rainforest region are teeming with unusual Peruvian animals.
The coastal zone of Peru is found along the Pacific Ocean. The habitat includes sandy beaches and deserts. Sea bass and black marlin are in the warmer waters to the north and the colder southern waters are home to
Flounder
flounder and chita. Sea mammals such as sea lions are found in the coastal islands and preserves.
The highland area of Peru is near the Andes mountains. Related to the llama but smaller, the alpaca is an important pack and wool animal in the region. Large birds of prey, like the endangered
Andean Condor
Andean condor, soar through the skies. The Andean mountain cat lives in altitudes of 11,500 to 15,700 feet and is about the size of a domesticated house cat. Little is known about the feline since none are kept in captivity.
chinchilla
Chinchillas, which have become popular pets all over the world, are native to the Peruvian highlands. Andean deer and foxes, called
culpeo
culpeo, are also native to this region. The
spectacled bear
spectacled bear is found in the Andes and is the only known bear species in South America.
The most well-known habitat in Peru is the jungle area in the northern half of the country. Predators like piranha fish, crocodiles and pythons inhabit the watery regions of the jungle. Amazonian manatees and giant river otters live in the Amazon River as well. Dozens of monkey species live in the jungles of Peru. The pygmy marmoset is one of the smallest primates in the world, and Spix's night (owl) monkey is the only nocturnal New World monkey in existence.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Peru.
Even-toed ungulates in Peru
Collared peccary
White-lipped peccary
White-tailed deer
North andean deer
Vicugna
Red brocket
Brown brocket
Northern pudu
Guanaco
Chunyi
Carnivores in Peru
Tayra
Tropical weasel
Long-tailed weasel
Allen's olingo
Andean bear
Kinkajou
South american coati
Crab-eating raccoon
Jaguar
Eyra cat
Short-eared dog
Peruvian desert fox
Andean fox
South american fur seal
Giant brazilian otter
Cougar
Marine otter
La plata otter
Chilean pampa cat
Maned wolf
Andean cat
Molina's hog-nosed skunk
Ocelot
Amazonian hog-nosed skunk
Margay
Bush dog
Lesser grison
Greater grison
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Peru
Southern right whale dolphin
Long-beaked dolphin
Pacific pilot whale
Rough-toothed dolphin
Long-finned pilot whale
Atlantic dolphin
Blainville's beaked whale
Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale
Gray's beaked whale
Lesser beaked whale
False killer whale
Black porpoise
Amazon river dolphin
Pygmy sperm whale
Fraser's dolphin
Dusky dolphin
Killer whale
Pygmy killer whale
Estuarine dolphin
Common minke whale
Bryde's whale
Bridled dolphin
Bunch
Blue whale
Bats in Peru
Handley's nectar bat
Western nectar bat
Fringe-lipped bat
Aratathomas's yellow0shouldered bat
Orange nectar bat
Commissaris's long-tongued bat
Silver-tipped myotis
Bidentate yellow-shouldered bat
Macconnell's bat
Thomas's nectar bat
Pallas's long-tongued bat
Atacama myotis
Bogota yellow-shouldered bat
Tent-maiking bat
Common vampire bat
Hairy-legged myotis
Hairy yellow-shouldered bat
Brown tent-making bat
White-winged vampire bat
Black myotis
Little yellow-shouldered bat
Bedentate yellow-eared bat
Northern ghost bat
Riparian myotis
Louis's yellow-shouldered bat
Smokey bat
Greater dog-like bat
Brock's yellow-eared bat
Greater ghost bat
Velvety myotis
Greater yellow-shouldered bat
Chestnut short-tailed bat
Big crested mastiff bat
White-winged dog-like bat
Melissa's yellow-eared bat
Lesser ghost bat
Lesser yellow-shouldered bat
Seba's short-tailed bat
Brown mastiff bat
Lesser dog-like bat
Big-eared brown bat
Little yellow-eared bat
Tilda yellow-shouldered bat
Hairy big-eared bat
Handley's tailless bat
Small big-eared brown bat
Great stripe-faced bat
Hairy-legged vampire bat
Brazilian free-tailed bat
Little big-eared bat
Geoffroy's tailless bat
Davy's naked-backed bat
Pale-faced bat
Spectral bat
Lesser bulldog bat
White-bellied big-eared bat
Shaggy bat
Broad-toothed tailless bat
Big naked-backed bat
Pale spear-nosed bat
Greater bulldog bat
Parnell's mustached bat
Lesser spear-nosed bat
Chestnut sac-winged bat
Peale's free-tailed bat
Wagner's mustached bat
Greater spear-nosed bat
Broad-eared bat
Andesen's fruit-eating bat
Big free-tailed bat
Salvin's big-eyed bat
Brown fruit-eating bat
Striped hairy-nosed bat
Little big-eyed bat
Fraternal fruit-eating bat
Hairy big-eyed bat
Silver fruit-eating bat
Brazilian brown bat
Argentine brown bat
Rufous dog-faced bat
Fischer's little fruit bat
Big brown bat
Intermediate long-tailed bat
Jamaican fruit-eating bat
Dwarf little fruit bat
Harmles serotine
Dwarf dog-faced bat
Tomes's sword-nosed bat
Lesser long-tailed bat
Great fruit-eating bat
Black bonneted bat
Black mastiff bat
Dark fruit-eating bat
Dwarf bonneted bat
Pygmy fruit-eating bat
Long-snouted bat
Hawaiian hoary bat
Wagner's bonneted bat
Pallas's mastiff bat
Long-legged bat
Proboscis bat
White-lined bat
Sanborn's bonneted bat
Peter's disk-winged bat
Greater sac-winged bat
Short-headed broad-nosed bat
Western bonneted bat
Frosted sac-winged bat
Thomas's broad-nosed bat
Spix's disk-winged bat
Lesser sac-winged bat
Heller's broad-nosed bat
Thumbless bat
Blunt-eared bat
Ghost-faced bat
Buffy broad-nosed bat
Dark long-tongued bat
Greater round-eared bat
Kalinowski's mastiff bat
Visored bat
Greater broad-nosed bat
Chestnut long-tongued bat
Incan little mastiff bat
American marsupials in Peru
Murine mouse opossum
Bushy-tailed opossum
Robinson's mouse opossum
Red mouse opossum
White-bellied slender mouse opossum
Brown four-eyed opossum
Short-furred woolly mouse opossum
Aceramarca gracile mouse opossum
Sepia short-tailed opossum
Agile gracile mouse opossum
Western woolly opossum
Black four-eyed opossum
Black-shouldered opossum
Elegant fat-tailed opossum
Water opossum
Emilia's short-tailed opossum
Anderson's mouse opossum
Osgood's short-tailed opossum
Little rufous mouse opossum
Theresa's short-tailed opossum
Andean slender mouse opossum
Delicate slender mouse opossum
White-eared opossum
Common opossum
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Peru
Forest rabbit
Shrew opossums in Peru
Gray-bellied shrew opossum
Incan shrew opossum
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Peru
Andean tapir
Brazilian tapir
Primates in Peru
Bald uakari
Andean titi monkey
Goeldi's marmoset
Ed-chested mustached tamarin
Black-chested mustached tamarin
Andean night monkey
Black-headed squirrel monkey
Ma's night monkey
Black-headed night monkey
Night monkey
Black-mantled tamarin
Black-faced black spider monkey
Saddlebacked tamarin
Coppery titi monkey
Emperor tamarin
Equatorial saki
Booted titi
White-fronted capuchin
Red howler monkey
Long-haired spider monkey
Brown titi monkey
Golden-mantled howling monkey
Gray monkey saki
Geoffroy's monk saki
Golden-mantled saddle-back tamarin
Rodents in Peru
Elegant rice rat
Zuniga's dark rice rat
Peruvian bamboo rat
Pleasant bolo mouse
Northern amazon red squirrel
Koford's grass mouse
Bolivian spiny rat
Huallaga spiny rat
Gray rice rat
Green acouchi
Spiny tree rat
Thespian grass mouse
Soft grass mouse
Cuvier's spiny rat
Yellowish rice rat
Red acouchi
Woolly-headed spiny tree rat
El dorado grass mouse
Pacific spiny rat
Yungas rice rat
Altiplano grass mouse
Hendee's spiny rat
Incan hocicudo
Puno grass mouse
Long-tailed spiny rat
Paramo hocicudo
Andean vesper mouse
Silent grass mouse
Napo spiny rat
Small hocicudo
Peruvian vesper mouse
Cloud forest grass mouse
Simon's spiny rat
Steere's spiny rat
Andean mouse
Bristly mouse
Narrow-footed bristly mouse
Pacarana
Andean swamp rat
Guinea pig
Ashy chinchilla rat
Peruvian fish-eating rat
Montane guinea pig
Marsh rat
Capybara
Chibchan water mouse
Stolzmann's crab-eating rat
Golden oldfield mouse
Highland small rice rat
Short-tailed chinchilla
Peruvian tree rat
Ash-colored oldfield mouse
Daphne's oldfield mouse
Forest small rice rat
Altiplano chincilla mouse
Friendly leaf-eared mouse
Yellow-crowned brush-tailed rat
Dark tree rat
Bicolored arboreal rice rat
Peruvian oldfield mouse
Amazon dwarf squirrel
Andean leaf-eared mouse
Andean gerbil mouse
Dusky arboreal rice rat
Slender oldfield mouse
Darwin's leaf-eared mouse
Robert's arboreal rice rat
Inca oldfield mouse
Puna mouse
Definitive leaf-eared mouse
Trinidad arboreal rice rat
Strong-tailed oldfield mouse
Gerbil leaf-eared mouse
Andean pygmy rice rat
Kalinowski's oldfield mouse
Master leaf-eared mouse
Northern viscacha
Sandy pygmy rice rat
Distinguished oldfield mouse
Junín red squirrel
Coues's climbing mouse
Bunchgrass leaf-eared mouse
Southern viscacha
Destructive pygmy rice rat
Thomas's oldfield mouse
Sanborn's squirrel
Andean altiplano mouse
White-footed climbing mouse
Small-eared pygmy rice rat
Rosalinda's oldfield mouse
Southern amazon red squirrel
Jelski's altiplano mouse
Yellow-bellied climbing mouse
Taczanowski's oldfield mouse
Guayaquil squirrel
Ucayali spiny mouse
Bicolor-spined porcupine
Bolivian big-eared mouse
Mountain paca
Ecuadorean rice rat
Andean rat
White-toothed tuco-tuco
Painted big-eared mouse
Highland grass mouse
Peruvian rice rat
Tomes's rice rat
Highland tuco-tuco
Andean big-eared mouse
White-bellied grass mouse
Keays's rice rat
Light-footed rice rat
Peruvian tuco-tuco
Bolivian grass mouse
Macconnell's rice rat
Common yellow-toothed cavy
Black agouti
Bolivian bamboo rat
Neotropical pygmy squirrel
Smoky grass mouse
Black-eared rice rat
Gerlepp's mouse
Kalinowski agouti
Amazon bamboo rat
Bolivian squirrel
Junin grass mouse
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Peru
Amazonian manatee
Edentates in Peru
Greater long-nosed armadillo
Common long-nosed armadillo
Cabasu
Hairy long-nosed armadillo
Giant armadillo
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