These Baby Amazon Animals Will Melt Your Heart

June 26, 2017 | By Cassie Stiftl

baby howler monkey Image courtesy of Jeffrey Eisen.

The Amazon rainforest is home to some truly incredible animals. The unparalleled biodiversity of the region has produced an abundance of unique and beautiful beings. 

The rainforest is constantly teeming with new life—including these adorable baby animals. 

Spotted jagaur

baby jaguar playing with bigger jaguarImage courtesy of Tambako the Jaguar (CC).

A spotted Jaguar cub. The jaguar is at the top of its food chain and is not preyed on in the wild. However, their populations are dwindling rapidly due to habitat loss.

Check out this blog post about the Jaguar to learn more about Amazon Animals.

three-toed sloth

baby three-toed slothImage courtesy of Pierre Pouliquin (CC).

baby two-toed sloth hanging onto bigger slothImage courtesy of Kitty Terwolbeck (CC).

Just hangin' with Ma! This baby Three-toed Sloth says hello! Their ancestors, the giant ground sloth, weighed up to 10,000 pounds and roamed all of the Americas.


baby and mama capybaraImage courtesy of Tambako the Jaguar (CC).

capybara babiesImage courtesy of Lisa Williams (CC).

Nuzzling up to mom. Capybaras are the largest rodents in existence. Some Amazonian cultures consider Capybara to be fish because they spend so much of their time in or near bodies of water.


baby ocelotImage courtesy of Mark Dumont (CC).

The Moche people of ancient Peru worshipped the Ocelot, which they often depicted in their art.

howler monkey

baby howler monkey chewing on leafImage courtesy of Angela N (CC).

In the Amazon rainforest, adult Howler monkeys produce a deep, ominous sound that rumbles all through the jungle. But this little guy just wants to munch on some leaves!

giant anteater

baby anteaterImage courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo (CC).

The baby Giant Anteater will spend months on his mother's back. 


baby kinkajou resting on human armImage courtesy of MaRu180 (CC).

This baby Kinkajou's big ol' eyes are too much! The Kinkajou's wide eyes help this nocturnal mammal to see at night.

  Additional Reading Biodiversity of the Amazon Basin Discover more of the  unique and sometimes bizzare plants and animals that call the Amazon rainforest  home in this photo essay.

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