Endangered: Giant River Otter
The Giant River Otter found in South America is threatened by Widespread Habitat Degradation
The Giant River Otter, known in parts of South America as the "River Wolf," can grow bigger than six feet (2 meters) with a tail sometimes up to 27 inches and can way up to 70 pounds.
Invasive: Asian Tiger Mosquito
The Asian Tiger Mosquito was brought into the ecosystem by accident. It was brought in by International Tire Trade. It transmits many human diseases, including the viruses - Dengue, West Nile and Japanese Encephalitis. There have been attempts to slow and or stop the spread of the insect by both quarantining and sterilising trade routes.
The Jaguar has a compact body, a broad head and powerful jaws. Its coat is normally yellow and tan, but the color can vary from reddish brown to black. The spots on the coat are more solid and black on the head and neck and become larger rosette-shaped patterns along the side and back of the body. Jaguars are also important in human culture, frequently playing a central role in stories, songs and prayers.
Macaws are the largest of all parrots. There are 16 different species of macaws and they range in size from a little over three feet to one foot. Macaws have sharp, hooked bills which are perfect for eating nuts, fruits, and seeds. The beak is strong and is used to break open nut pods. Their feet have a very strong grip which allow them to grasp easily.
Sloths are extremely slow-moving mammals found in the rainforest canopies of Central and South America. There are two species of sloths:two-toed and three-toed. Most sloths are about the size of a small dog and they have short, flat flat heads.
Some sloths stay in the same tree for years at a time.
Bananas are the fourth largest food crop in the world. Banana blossoms develop into fruit (takes 3-4 months to be ripe enough to eat). After the plant produces fruit, the stem dies and is immediately replaced by new growth. Banana plants weigh on average 100 pounds and can have 150 bananas growing at the same time.