Jaguars are considered Near Threatened and live in South and Central America, especially in the forests and wetlands of the the Amazon basin. With a body length of up to 1.85 m or 6 ft 1 in (the height of a large refrigerator), it is the largest cat species in the Americas and the third largest in the world. And that’s not the only thing that sets this species apart from other felid species: jaguars are good swimmers!
Fun fact: Jaguars’ spots are shaped like roses and are called rosettes.
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Brown-headed Spider Monkey
Brown-headed Spider monkeys are Critically Endangered! The remaining populations live in the treetops of sub-tropical and tropical forests in Ecuador and Colombia in groups of 20 to 30. Brown-headed Spider Monkeys mainly eat the fruit that grows in the tree canopy.
Fun fact: The tails of Brown-headed Spider Monkeys are much longer than their bodies!Vote for Chocó Forest, Ecuador
Great Green Macaw
There are only 500-1,000 Great Green Macaws left on the planet so they are considered Critically Endangered. This large type of parrot lives in the tropical forests of Central and South America, including Ecuador, often in pairs or a small flock.
Fun fact: The Great Green Macaw’s favorite food is almonds (from the tree Dipteryx panamemsis).Vote for Chocó Forest, Ecuador
There are only 480-600 Jocotoco Antpitta left on this planet, and they are considered Endangered. This bird lives in the forests of Ecuador and Peru, but is very shy and was only discovered in 1997.
Fun fact: The name Jocotoco came from the sound the bird makes, which is a drawn-out series of single hoots (think JO…CO…TO…CO)Vote for Tapichalaca Reserve, Ecuador
There are only 2,500-10,000 Spectacled Bears left on this planet, and they are considered Vulnerable to extinction. Spectacled bears are the only surviving species of bear native to South America, and this mid-sized bear lives primarily in the Andes Mountains.
Fun Fact: The pattern and extent of the white- and yellowish-colored markings are slightly different on each individual bear.Vote for Tapichalaca Reserve, Ecuador
There are only 2,500 Mountain Tapirs left on this planet, and they are considered Endangered. This large mammal (adults are almost 2 m or 6 ft long!) lives in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.
Fun fact: Mountain Tapirs have four toes on each front foot and three toes on each back foot.Vote for Tapichalaca Reserve, Ecuador
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The Silvery-brown Tamarin ONLY lives in the forests of Colombia and is Vulnerable to extinction. It is a primate and lives high in the forest canopy, using its four limbs to swing through the trees.
Fun fact: a baby Silvery-brown Tamarin is carried on the back of its mother or father for 18 months!Vote for Reserva Natural Los Magnolios, Colombia
Andean Poison Frog
The Andean Poison Frog ONLY lives in the forests of Colombia and is Vulnerable to extinction. They are tiny, less than 2 cm (or 1 in) long.
Fun fact: The Andean Poison Frog makes a buzz sound, and males like to do so from a secret location: under leaves, beneath roots of trees, and from inside some plants.Vote for Reserva Natural Los Magnolios, Colombia
Handley’s Slender Opossum
Handley’s Slender Opossum ONLY lives in the forests of Colombia and is Critically Endangered. Scientists know very little about this small (only 11 cm or 4 in!) marsupial.Vote for Reserva Natural Los Magnolios, Colombia