White-Lipped Peccary Facts
The pre-dawn trek through the Peruvian jungle was nothing short of a primeval experience. Millions of insects filled the dark, humid air with chirps and clicking sounds. Every once in a while one would show up in the light of a headlamp; strange-looking katydids with incredibly long antennae or a highly camouflaged walking stick insect. A few frogs called from the trees but nothing else was heard nor seen as guests and guide made their way back into the Amazon rainforest.
When they finally arrived at their destination, the first light of day was barely creeping into the forest. Woodcreepers and motmots began to call as another day started in the Peruvian Amazon but they didnít hike back into the jungle to see birds. A few grunts signaled the arrival of their elusive quarry and shortly thereafter, dim shapes could be seen through the leafy understory. Both guests and guide kept their silence as the herd of White-lipped Peccaries came into view. These large, shy, forest pigs were visiting a salt lick deep in the jungle and were the main reason why they had hiked back through the darkness. As videos were made and pictures taken, the peccaries clacked their tusks and suddenly ran off to forage in the rainforest.
White-lipped Peccaries (Tayassu pecari) are one of two species of wild pigs that occur in Tambopata, the other being the Collared Peccary. White-lipped Peccaries are the larger of the two and travel in bigger herds. Despite their intimidating appearance, they tend to be shy around people and are only common in remote, jungle areas. Fortunately, they are seen at all of the Rainforest Expeditions lodges in Tambopata, especially so at the Tambopata Research Center.
A few interesting facts about the White-lipped Peccary:
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