Animals of Brazil

by Estifanos (5), of California, U.S.A.

If I were going to Brazil, I would like to see the animals there, especially the howler monkey, the jaguar, the three-toed sloth, and the anaconda.  I asked my pen-pal, Atilio (a grown-up who lives in Brazil), about these animals.  This is what he told me about them:

All of these animals live near where he lives, in Bahia, Brazil.

The howler monkey can be very loud. Atilio said, “A group of them can make quite a ruckus, and be heard at a distance.”  Its name in Portuguese is “Bugio.” Here is a picture of one:

The jaguar is called “onça pintada” because of her spotted fur.  The English name, jaguar, is actually a word from a native tribe in Brazil.  In their language, jaguar means beast. Brazilian myths say that the jaguar brings the gift of fire to people.  She is supposed to be  intelligent and cunning.  She lives in the rain forests of Brazil, near rivers, and is a very good swimmer.

Jaguar (photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Digital Library System)

Jaguar (photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Digital Library System)

The three toed sloth is called “Bicho-preguiça,” which means lazy animal.

The Portuguese name for the Anaconda is, “Sucuri,” which means the fast biter.  It can reach nine meters in length, which is almost half the length of my house!

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