Biology and conservation of the Harpy Eagle in Venezuela and Panama.
Historic and present distribution of the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) in Panama.
Sloths in the diet of a Harpy Eagle nestling in eastern Amazon.
The principal members of our team were Oswaldo Criollo, a Cofan Indian who had first discovered the nest some two years previously and monitored it ever since; Ruth Muniz, a Spanish researcher who has studied harpy eagles in Ecuador since 2000; and Alex Blanco, a Venezuelan veterinarian and the only person in the world who captures harpy eagles in the wild.
Harpy eagles range from southern Mexico to northern Argentina, denizens of tropical and subtropical forests up to about three thousand feet above sea level.
Here, some animals roam free while spectacular macaws, parrots, harpy eagles
, and some of the larger animals, including jaguars, pumas, and giant otters, can be seen in enclosures that resemble their native habitat.
In the past decade as loggers, slash-and-burn homesteaders and cattle ranchers have overrun southern Mexico's Lacandon forest and northern Guatemala's Peten, fugitive scarlet macaws, harpy eagles
, howler and spider monkeys, jaguars and other endangered animals have sought refuge along the banks of the Usumacinta.
Nearly the size of Belgium, this pristine stretch of forest is home to nine different indigenous groups, as well as rare and endangered animal species, such as jaguars, harpy eagles
, scarlet macaws, and giant river otters.