June 15, 2016
National Geographic Magazine is devoting the year 2016 to National Parks. The May issue of the Magazine was devoted completely to Yellowstone National Park –the first National Park in the world-, and on the current issue –June- portrays a story on the most biodiverse National Park, Manu.
During the summer of 2015, photojournalist Charlie Hamilton James spent weeks travelling around the Manu Biosphere Reserve in order to photograph the untouched beauty of the wilderness that inhabits the park, as well as the local communities that live inside the Park.
We are very proud to say that we were a part of this amazing effort, and it feels heartwarming to see photos finally published.
Arguably our best Attraction, the Blanquillo Clay-lick –where dozens of Macaws, and hundreds of parrots gather daily- managed to get two photos published. The first one –opening photo-, taking via a remote camera installed in the Claylick, managed to get a unique perspective of the Claylick. The second one, taken from our comfortable blind, showcases the high level of dynamism and action that take place there.
Another great photo taken in our Private Reserve, is the one of this big male Jaguar. As most of you know, Jaguar populations are low. Being an apex predator, make its population density intrinsically low, and in addition, they are hunted down by poachers and miners. There are few places left on Earth were a Jaguar sighting is something rather ‘common’, and Manu National Park is one of them. This big male was photographed by Charlie Hamilton James in Cocha Blanco, our biggest oxbow Lake.
Another great photo published in this story , is the one of this pair of Spider Monkeys –the biggest Monkeys found in the Amazon- at a “Mammal Clay Lick”. As we explained in our blog “Geophagy: why do animals eat clay?” the Amazonian Soil is very low in inorganic nutrients, and wildlife needs to find a way to ingest the minerals they need to keep their bodies functioning properly. Some exposed Clay-banks contain just the right concentration and diversity of minerals, making it a wildlife hotspot.
In Tambo Blanquillo Lodge we have one of these ‘Mammal Clay Licks’, where we have set our own camera traps, and have managed to record a wide diversity of species, including Tapirs, Red-brocket Deer, Peccaries, and even a Jaguar!
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