Panama Wildlife


Every inch of Bocas is crawling with life – from the monkeys, toucans and sloths of the jungle, to the dolphins, tropical fish and colorful coral reefs of the sea. The brave can hike out to bat-filled caves, while the faint of heart can enjoy a leisurely stroll round a butterfly farm. Rare manatees inhabit the estuaries of the mainland, and watching an endangered baby sea turtle hatch on a beach by moonlight is a magical experience not to be missed. Types of Wildlife include:

  • Bottlenose Dolphin: Take a boat to Dolphin Bay and watch these playful animals leaping and spinning in the water
  • Two and Three toed sloth: They live their lives upside down and sleep 20 hours a day – sloths are everywhere but you’ll have to look hard to see one.
  • Strawberry Poison Dart-Frog: A different color on each island, these tiny frogs are fun to spot… how many colors will you find?
  • Green Iguanas: Perfectly camouflaged and still as the branches where they sunbathe, huge iguanas are hard to spot without expert help.
  • Howler Monkeys: You’ll hear them calling from miles away in the jungles of Bocas del Toro.
  • Sea Turtles: Four giant species begin their lives as tiny hatchlings on the beaches of Bocas del Toro. Visitors during the summer months may be lucky to spot them returning to lay their eggs.
  • Manatees: Watch these elusive giants grabbing bananas by their flippers from the viewing platforms in the mangroves of the mainland.
  • Birds: Toucans, green parrots and tiny iridescent hummingbirds are just some of the gloriously colored species which inhabit the forests of Bocas del Toro.

Here are some pictures of the above wildlife in the order that they are listed left to right. Click for larger image.