Top 5 Strangest Rainforest Animals

From a decoy building spider that would put Charlotte to shame to the caterpillar that has the same barber as Donald Trump, these are only a few of the interesting things that you can see in Tambopata.

  1. Decoy-building Spider - Check out the full article with video here

    This decoy building spider shows 3D printers what’s up: It's a small spider that constructs a bigger, scarier spider in its web completely out of debris and dead insect parts. These images show the spider 'decoy' that the small spider, seen at the top of the decoy, created. Why does it do it? Researchers are still trying to figure it out, but it likely has to do with confusing predators and increasing its chances of survival. This spider was recently discovered and is the only animal ever recorded to construct a larger version itself. Where's the one place in the world to see this spider? A three-minute walk from the Tambopata Research Center.

  2. Triple Rainbow(its not an animal but its still cool) - Full article with video here

    A double rainbow once made a grown man cry, but this triple rainbow was so cool it would make Chuck Norris cry. Imagine looking off in the distance and seeing an upside-down rainbow above the trees. A recent sighting of this rare optical event in the sky resulted in the best photos ever taken of this unbelievable, rainbow-filled display as seen here. These solar halos result from interactions of the sunlight with ice crystals high up in the atmosphere, and according to experts Tambopata just happens to offer the right conditions to make this the most impressive sighting of these halos ever recorded. This was seen along the Tambopata River on a photo tour.

  3. Donald Trump's Wig

    This animal is one of the most bizarre things you can come across in nature- Is it a fruit? A bird? A mammal? No- it's a caterpillar of a megalopygid moth. But don't be fooled by the nice, yellow fuzzy appearance, the hairs on this are full of urticating spines that can inject a very painful poison if touched. This caterpillar was spotted at the Posada Amazonas Lodge.

  4. Basket Cocoon

    Humans have such lame growth into adulthood: The incredible woven lattice structure of the urodid moth's cocoon is an astounding example of art in nature. The cocoon dangles from a silken string about a foot long, likely to prevent ants from feeding on it, and the bright orange color can serve as a warning to potential predators that this cocoon may be poisonous to eat. The adult moth eventually emerges from the pupa, resting inside, and exits through the small tubular 'escape hatch' at the bottom of the structure. This pupa was seen at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

  5. Macaw Clay Lick

    A five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Research Center takes you to an island that overlooks one of the most incredible and colorful animal gatherings in the world. A wall of clay, over 200 feet across, where hundreds of individuals making up nine species of bright parrots, parakeets, and macaws gather every morning to feed on the sodium-rich clay. This was also featured in a video by Destin of Smarter Every Day where he and Rainforest Expeditons photographer Jeff Cremer filmed the macaws with a high speed camera.

  6. Extra: 16,000 Megapixel Image of Machu Picchu

    If a picture is worth a thousand words how many words is a 16000-megapixel picture of Machu Picchu worth? This may appear to be a normal image of the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. But try zooming in and you'll realize that this image is a whopping 16 gigapixels (16,000 megapixels), and the highest resolution image ever taken of the ruins. Using gigapan technology, Rainforest Expeditions photographer Jeff Cremer has brought access to this World Heritage Site to the masses like never before. If you're in Peru and on your way to Tambopata, be sure to stop by Cusco to see it in-person.