This beetle is one of the largest and strongest in the world, able to carry as much as 100 times its own weight!
The word Ocelot comes from the Aztec for ‘Field Tiger’. Also known as the ‘Dwarf Leopard’, these nocturnal mammals are excellent hunters and swimmers.
Central American Tapir
Sometimes nicknamed the ‘Jungle Horse’, this mammal is the largest in Central America and is considered a living fossil because it has hardly changed over the past 35 million years.
By 900 A.D. the Mayas had abandoned all their cities and Mayan civilization in this region collapsed. The reason for this is unknown.
There are about 40 Toucan species. They are very important to the rainforest as they disperse seeds from the fruits they eat.
These reptiles give birth to up to 50 live young at a time. They can grow to over 5 metres long and squeeze their prey to death!
This mammal can reach over 2 metres long from nose to tail, plus a 60 centimetre tongue! They have very poor eyesight but an excellent sense of smell.