Montane savannas and gallery forests Dry montane forest
Treeline elfin forest
Paramo grasslands High Andean eastern puna
Lower foothill forest (Alto Madidi)
Lower foothill forest (Hondo river)
Upper foothill forest
Seasonally inundated Amazonian grasslands Lower montane forest
Upper montane cloud forest
Montane cloud forest
High Andean western puna
Rain arrives during the night and continues for most of the day. Camera trap teams venture out to collect the camera traps revealing the presence of puma (Puma concolor), jaguar (Panthera onca) and lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) including a painted youngster. Meanwhile, the ichthyologists have already reached Aguachile and continue their sampling for fish species.
Over the course of the last 12 days, black spider monkeys (Ateles chamek) have dominated mammal observations. The team had anticipated this as this highly frugivorous species prefers locations with local habitat diversity as afforded by the 700-meter altitudinal range of the Chepite escarpment. Victor Hugo Garcia pushes the bird list up to 196 species and the vertebrate list increases to more than 350 species for the trip.
The bat team return and on top of more bat records for the trip, they also manage to capture a water opossum (Chironectes minimus), one of the most difficult to observe mammals in the park. The female sleeps during the day and weighed, measured and photographed before release in the early evening.
After ten sample days, the Identidad Madidi have registered team 315 vertebrate species for the upper Hondo River study site. The entomologist on this trip, Marcelo Aliaga Arrieta, is busy identifying butterflies and already has registered around 150 species. The cold south front at the beginning of the trip mean the team are playing catch up, but with four more full sample days to go hopes are high that little by little the list will continue to grow.
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Bolivian scientific expedition, Identidad Madidi, has confirmed the 1,000th bird species in Madidi National Park, one of the world’s most biodiverse protected areas and a mecca of bird life.