Monday, November 7, 2011

Notes from the field: Dante in Peru

Garden biologist, DantĂ© Fenolio, stopped in Peru in route to Chile.  He consulted for a number of captive breeding and conservation programs, including a facility working to breed endangered Amazonian Manatees, Centro de Rescate Amazonico - CREA.  Local students can be seen here feeding a baby Amazonian Manatee, Trichechus inunguis.
Caecilians are among the least known of all amphibians.  Most live underground, like this undescribed species of the genus Caecilia from the Peruvian Amazon. 

A few caecilians, like this species of Typhlonectes, have adapted to aquatic life.