At the beginning of the 21st century, the majority of the Ecuadorian andean wild mammals had practically disappeared. It´s when it begins to be taken more seriously the importance of caring our national parks and wilderness areas, not only at the level of government policies, but also through children education and the constant work with the communities. The present days, it’s still rare and it causes great admiration to see one of these animals free in the “páramo”; deer and rabbit populations have slightly recovered, however some species still remain vulnerable, among them the Andean bears, tapirs and pumas.
Andean deer (Odocoileus ustus). Llanganates National Park. Photo: Jaime Palacios
Andean deer (Odocoileus ustus). Antisana Volcano. Photo: Esteban Bastidas León
Andean rabbit. Llanganates National Park. Photo: Jaime Palacios
Andean rabbit. Termas de Papallacta. Photo: Santiago R. Ron
Oso andino. Cayambe Coca National Park. Photo: Armando Castellanos
Llama. Cotopaxi south face. Photo: Xavier Vela
Lobo de páramo
Paramo wolf. The Illinizas. Photo: Xavier Vela.
Cougar. Napo, Pan de Azúcar. Photo: WCS Ecuador
Mountain tapir. Cayambe Coca National Park. Photo: Armando Castellanos