With a wide variety of wildlife reserves found in the country, there are plenty of animals in Panama for tourists to enjoy.
From La Amistad (the western border is Costa Rica) to Darien National Park (border Colombia east), the country is home to more than 10,000 species of plants and countless species of mammals, reptiles, and aquatic life.
Whether you prefer fertile soil with dense forests or tropical beaches surrounded by a vast, blue sea, Panama they have a lot of natural beauty without.
Off the coast of the country are islands such as the Bocas del Toro Islands, the Pearl Islands, and the San Blas Islands, with abundant marine life to be seen along with beautiful landscape views.
Take a look at some of the best Panamanian wildlife you can see in this unique country, which is like a crossroads between North and South America.
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Animals in Panama Guide
- Red Eyed Tree Frog
- Bush Dog
- Giant Anteater
- Green Iguana
- White Capuchin Monkey
- Morpho Butterflies
- Sea Turtles
- Whale Sharks
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1. RED EYED CHERRY
According to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, there are more than 200 species of amphibians found in the interior Panama.
But the Red-Eyed Tree Frog is one of the most beloved, with its small green body and red eyes that give it its name.
In Panama, these species are found in tropical areas rain forest habitat, often resting behind large leaves during the day and becoming more active at night.
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2. THE BUSH DOG
With an appearance similar to a large weasel or a very small bear (about 13 pounds), the wild dog is a very rare and exotic animal in Panama.
They are difficult to spot, often hiding in rainforests.
They prefer water, and feed on reptiles and small animals. Sometimes they are known to hunt large animals (including capybaras) as well.
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The giant capybara is “the largest rodent,” and one species is found in Panama.
The Panamanian capybara has short brown fur and short legs. But, at an average of 60 pounds, they are slightly smaller than their cousins South America.
Capybara spends most of its time close water and can often be seen near Chagres A river.
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Dolphins they are among the most intelligent creatures in the world, and the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin is best known for its playfulness.
They can often be seen along the coast of Panama, swimming in tanks and jumping into the waves created by boats.
In addition to the tone of voice they use to communicate, Dolphins they are known for their speed, agility, and use of echolocation to find prey.
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5. THE GREAT SEAS
They are also called Ants A bearThe giant anteater is a large animal that can weigh up to 90 kilograms.
They have a long, narrow tongue and a long nose to match, and their sense of smell is 40 times stronger than that of humans.
These animals are found in many areas of the Central and South Americabut in Panama they are often found in the Darien National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
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6. THE DRESSING IGUANA
The Green Iguana is one of the many reptiles in Panama and is the most commonly seen.
These ancient lizards love the rainforest, where they eat plants and fruits.
If you get a chance, visit the Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge – an island reserve of 58 hectares located three kilometers from the east coast of the Azuero Peninsula.
It’s a great place to find them, and thousands of a bird and a thriving system of coral reefs.
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There are many interesting cat breeds in Panama, but none are more dangerous than the Jaguar.
These big cats are known for their unique habitat, swimming, and foraging along the water’s edge.
Unfortunately, the Jaguar population in Panama and Central America is currently declining due to human interference. cutting down treesand other problems.
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One of Panama’s rare cat species, the Jaguarundi can be found in both dry and wet areas.
They are much smaller and thinner than Jaguars, reaching a length of 30 inches (not including the tail) and weighing less than 20 kilograms.
They have tough fur that can be black, brown, or red.
These cats are often found near water, eating a variety of small animals in Panama.
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The Margay is smaller than other wild cats in Panama, measuring 19 to 30 inches in length and weighing less than 10 pounds.
These cute looking cats are well known for their ability to climb trees. They can climb trees first, unlike most other cats.
Although they are usually nocturnal, seeing Margays in Panama is not uncommon.
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10. WHITE-FACED CAPUCHIN LAMP
There are 8 different types of monkeys in Panama, from two species of Howler Monkeys and Spider Monkeys to Geoffrey’s Tamarin and more.
The White Capuchin – a small but strong monkey with a white face and head – is perhaps the most famous capuchin in Panama.
They are known for their climbing and territorial abilities, while Squirrel monkeys are known for their speed and Panamanian Night monkeys are easily distinguished by their large eyes.
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11. MORPHO BUTTER Flies
The bright and shiny blue wings identify the beloved Morpho butterfly, another species that is very common in Panama.
Blue Morphos can be seen flying in the sky during the day, drinking fruit juice and tree sap, and scanning the sky with antennae.
There are more than a dozen species of Morpho butterflies, all of which boast vivid colors on their wings.
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12. SEA TURTLES
Panama is a popular destination for many people in the world sea turtle colors.
Coiba National Parklocated in southern Panama, hosts four species of sea turtles, including Leatherback, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, and Green Sea Turtles.
The uninhabited beaches of Isla Coiba (site of a terrible political prison during the years of Manuel Noriega) are a favorite place for sea turtles to lay their eggs before returning to the water.
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Sloths come in two different families – two-toed and three-toed.
The Pygmy 3-toed Sloth (one of several species found in Panama) is native to Isla Escudo de Veraguas, located in the northern part of the country of Panama.
The Pygmy Sloth is unique because of its habitat in the mangrove forest. But, like other types of rabbits, they are helpless on the ground and amazingly they know how to swim!
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Looking like a weird cross between a a pigdonkey and a rhinocerosTapirs can be seen in many wildlife parks in Panama.
They can often be found in forests near water and mud.
They use their short trunk to catch food, with fresh fruit among their favorite foods.
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15. SHEEP SHAKA
Up to 45 feet tall and weighing about 40,000 pounds, Whale Sharks are easily the largest fish in the world.
With a long life of up to 70 years, Whale Sharks are known for their large mouths, which are used to feed on small fish and plankton.
Coiba National Park is one of the few places in Panama where visitors can expect to see (or have the chance to swim) these gentle giants during their peak season, which runs from June to September. –Anika Chaturvedi, Bush Dogs Image via Canva