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South America

South America means the Andes mountains-with inhabitants like the Llama and the Condor-, and theequatorial and tropical jungles, home to reptiles, monkeys and toucans. The animals in South America at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium come from regions such as the Amazon basin, which runs through Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and Brazil. Species such as the giant Amazonian otters, the largest of their family, which can only be seen in a dozen European zoos (including the one in Madrid); the Amazonian tapir, one of the most secretive creatures in the jungle (it only comes out briefly at night); or the nandu, a flightless bird found exclusively in South America.

The capuchins, meanwhile, come from the Amazon biome, a region abundant with exceptional primates like these skilled monkeys. If we travel south to the Tierra de Fuegowe will find the guanaco, the southernmost camelid and also the one that adapts best to different habitats: it lives in plains and at 3,000 meters above sea level. The so-called 'Patagonian Llama' is just one of the South American animals on display at Madrid Zoo.

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