Did you know that South America has more unique insects than anywhere in the world? Or that there are more butterflies on this continent than on any other? And thousands of bird species!
It's true. The wildlife of South America is huge - in scope, number of species and family, in area. The Pantanal of southern Brazil and Paraguay is a huge swamp, a wildlife lover's prime destination.
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The jungles and tropical forests of Amazonia and the Guianas host a tremendously varied wildlife. Various countries have established huge wildlife reserves to protect and conserve their wildlife populations. Argentina was the first country to establish such a park with Nahuel Huapi National Park.
Venezuela's Canaima National Park, where you'll find Angel Falls, is the largest on the continent at 30,000km² (11,600 square miles).
There are photos of some of the fantastic array of South American wildlife throughout this site. Here is a sample, with more to come.
More Fish and Marine Animals
More Land Animals and Insects