Animals living in the Freshwater Springs and Oases habitat

Freshwater springs and oases provide some of the world's most unique animal habitats. Two important freshwater environments are the oases of Northern Africa and the jungles of Amazon River Basin in Brazil. These exotic locales are home to a variety of animal life.

In the Amazon basin, otters hunt for fish and small crustaceans. The pig-like Tapir grazes the basin for vegetation. The largest rodent species is the Capybara. The fresh waters are home to the legendary Amazon Pink River Dolphin and the gentle Amazonian Manatee.

In Saharan Africa, dromedary camels rely on the freshwater oases to survive. Naturalists believe that domestic cats originated in the Nile River Valley near the freshwater sources of North Africa. Saharan Cheetahs are one of the few surviving big cats species remaining in North Africa. Antelope drink from the Sahara's freshwater springs. These species have been known to go without water for a year.

The animals that inhabit the freshwater regions on Earth are wonders of nature. We can learn about nature from the way these creatures interact with their habitats. With the help of charities and conservationists around the globe, the indigenous wildlife of freshwater springs and oases have hope for the future.


North american otter
Common otter
Speckle-throated otter
Hairy-nosed otter
Indian smooth-coated otter
Giant brazilian otter


African elephant

Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows

American manatee
African manatee

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