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Animals of South America Illustration Process

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It’s time to add South American Animals to my, to be Interactive World Map, progress in the process 🙂

The selection I make is not strictly reserved for animals that live only on a certain continent, but they should come from there, or have the most of them there, or be the largest, or be the most useful in that region and the like …

When it comes to South America, the first species of animals I chose to add to the map were the longest living animals in the world and it is also the largest species of turtle in the world, the Galapagos Tortoise.

Galapagos Tortoise is the biggest tortoise in the world

The species’ main features are its big size and long life.

Most of the Galapagos tortoises live more than 100 years, they are animals that live the most in the world.

The long-lived record belongs to Charles Darwin’s Giant Tortoise Harriet in Galapagos, which lived as long as 175 years!

Today the Giant Tortoises are only possible to find on the Galapagos Islands, however, the survival has not been easy either. Goats spreading and volcanic activity also make it difficult for them to survive.

When the Galapagos Islands were discovered by Spanish sailors, the archipelago was full of Galapagos Tortoises, so the islands were named after them.

Galapagos Tortoises’ favorite foods are berries, cacti, herbs, leaves, and lichens. They have a large appetite as they eat almost 80 pounds of food a day!

The Capybara is the biggest rodent on Earth

The Capybara is native to South America and it’s a member of the genus Hydrochoerus.

They are 106-134cm in length and usually weigh 35 – 66kg, similar to a medium dog. The biggest Capybara ever recorded was 91kg (201lb)!

Semi-aquatic capybara spends most of their time grazing or swimming in the nearest body of water and their life span in wild is up to 7 years.

Capybaras don’t mind being alone, but they also live in groups of up to 40. Avoiding predators they are often active at dusk and dawn and their daily MENU includes aquatic plants, grasses, and other plentiful plants as also they eat their own feces in the morning. Because the grasses they eat are so hard to digest, and their poop is protein-rich so eating their waste essentially allows them to digest it twice.

Jaguar is the largest New World member of the cat family, 3rd in the world

Jaguar,  also called el tigre or tigre Americano it’s the largest New World member of the cat family (Felidae) and the third-largest cat in the world. 

Jaguars often live in tropical low-lying habitats close to lakes, rivers, and inland wetlands.

In the past, jaguars could be found from the south-western USA to the scrub grasslands of Argentina. Sadly, they have lost half of their historic range mainly due to habitat loss.

It looks complicated to draw Jaguar, but if you pay attention to shapes and moves it’s not really. Actually, once you realize how their pattern goes, it’s quite easy.

A solitary predator, the jaguar is a stalk-and-ambush hunter; its name comes from yaguar, the Tupí-Guaraní word meaning “he who kills with one leap.” Jaguars are swift and agile and are very good climbers. They enter the water freely and appear to enjoy bathing.

Jaguars are also larger and more heavily built than leopards. The male jaguar, which is generally larger than the female, attains a length of 1.7–2.7 meters (5.6–9 feet), including the 0.6–0.9-metre (2–3-foot) tail, with a shoulder height of 0.7–0.8 meter (2.3–2.6 feet); it weighs from 100 to 160 kg (220 to 350 pounds). 


The Green Gigant Anaconda of South America

The green anaconda, also known as the giant anaconda, or common anaconda, is a boa species found in South America. It is the heaviest and one of the longest known extant snake species. They are usually 4.6 m in length (Female, Adult), and 3 m (Male, Adult).

Green anacondas generally spend most of their time in the water but are also found on land in thick vegetation, often in trees.

Green anacondas prey on a variety of animals including fish, birds, tapirs, wild pigs, capybaras, caimans, and even jaguars. Like all boas, it is a non-venomous constrictor. 

 The heaviest anaconda ever recorded was 227 kilograms. This massive snake was 8.43 meters long, with a girth of 1.11 meters.

White-Headed Capuchin Monkey

The Panamanian white-faced capuchin is a medium-sized New World monkey native to the forests of Central America. It is a highly intelligent monkey and has been trained to assist paraplegic persons.

It is noted for its tool use, including rubbing plants over its body in an apparent use of herbal medicine and also using tools as weapons and for getting to the food.

The Panamian white-faced capuchin is mostly black, but with a pink face and white on much of the front part of the body, giving it its common name. It has a distinctive prehensile tail that is often carried coiled up and is used to help support the monkey when it is feeding beneath a branch.

They live for over 45 years.

That’s it for now regarding South American animals and I am moving probably to Africa next, then Europe and further… and I already made a selection of Natural Wonders I’ll import, and just can’t wait to get involved in drawing it seems challenging.

I’m writing more for myself as a reminder, to have it all in one place. At the same time, I’m practicing video process recording and editing which I will need often in the future to present my work. And third is that I am collecting all possible needed materials to be able to make the best possible combination for the final. And sharing all the process with you, as I believe with time I will make it more fun 🙂

Allway in my mind is beautiful and useful… the goal is for children to learn while playin’

See you soon… Thank you for the company and let’s see what’s coming from Africa!? 😉


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