South America is all about the Andean Mountains – with inhabitants such as the llama and the condor – and the equatorial or tropical forests, home to reptiles, monkeys and toucans. The South American animals at Madrid Zoo Aquarium come from regions such as the Amazon Basin, which covers Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and Brazil. Species such as Amazonian giant otters, the largest of their family, which can only be seen in a dozen European zoos (including Madrid); the Amazonian tapir, one of the more discreet creatures in the jungle (it only comes out at night to take a walk); or the greater rhea, a flightless bird found exclusively in South America.
The capuchins, for their part, represent part of the Amazon biome, which is so generous in exceptional primates, as is the case of these skillful apes. On the other hand, if we travel to the Tierra del Fuego, we’ll find the guanaco, the southernmost camelid and also the one that is best suited to different habitats: it can to reside on plains and at an altitude of 3,000 metres. The so-called “Patagonian llama” is one of the South American animals on display at Madrid Zoo.