Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve — Part 3

Part 1 and 2 of this post can be found here: Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve — Part 1 of 3 and here: Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve — Part 2 of 3.

This is my last post on Cuyabeno, and it is about the rainforest at night. If you get the chance, go and explore the rainforest at night. If you only go during the day, you will miss half of the interesting stuff!



It is getting dark at Cuyabeno


We did some hiking at night and spotted all kinds of frogs, spiders and insects. We also discovered this guy:


 Small reptile at Cuyabeno



This small mammal did not even attempt to flee after I took a shot with flash from less than 30 cm — pretty game

Here are some of the frogs and insects we discovered:


 Tree frog at Cuyabeno



 Sleeping butterfly at Cuyabeno



Stick insect at Cuyabeno

You should bring a good flashlight, and if you carry a camera a cap lamp comes in very handy.


Some very green insect at night

I have seen some ugly spiders at Thailand and Cambodia, but this one looks really fierce:


Some large spider on a tree at Cuyabeno

We also searched for caymans at night with flashlights from the canoe. You can see their eyes reflect, so its not as hard as it sounds — if they are there. In our case they were not, but we had a visitor on the canoe: a tarantula. Yes, they can walk on water. And I do not mean they float, they really walk, and they do so pretty fast.


Tarantula on our canoe at night, directly next to me.


The trip to Cuyabeno was both strenuous and extremely beautiful. Cuyabeno is a place you will never forget, and the oil fields lurking and spreading at its borders remind you that it requires a lot of effort to preserve places like this.



About dfspspirit

PhD student in bioinformatics, interested in photography, level design, digital image manipulation, architecture and, of course, bioinformatics.
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