A Clay-lick’s Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris)

12th May 2019

Here in the Las Piedras Amazon Center based in the heart of the Las Piedras River deep in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, photographer Mark Fernley and his interns set camera traps on the edge of a very small clay-lick that was left for only a few days. To express the diversity here, we captured 3 Tapir, three Paca, a Tyra, two Spix’s Quan’s, a Collared Peccary and a Margay all during the space of 48 hours. This small are of salty minerals provided by the clay for most animals is a key to the survival of nontropical wildlife.

In the Photograph we present the Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) that carefully scans the claylick in search of clay. This mammal is the largest animal in the Amazon Rain forest and is known to be one of the many prey items for the famous Jaguar (Panthera onca).

Story written by Mark Fernley