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.

Odocoileus ustus
Odocoileus ustus
Venado

Andean deer (Odocoileus ustus). Llanganates National Park. Photo: Jaime Palacios

Odocoileus ustus
Odocoileus ustus
Venado

Andean deer (Odocoileus ustus). Antisana Volcano. Photo: Esteban Bastidas León

Sylvilagus andinus
Sylvilagus andinus
Conejo

Andean rabbit. Llanganates National Park. Photo: Jaime Palacios

Sylvilagus andinus
Sylvilagus andinus
Conejo

Andean rabbit. Termas de Papallacta. Photo: Santiago R. Ron

Tremarctos ornatus
Tremarctos ornatus
Oso andino

Oso andino. Cayambe Coca National Park. Photo: Armando Castellanos

Lama glama
Lama glama
Llama

Llama. Cotopaxi south face. Photo: Xavier Vela

Pseudalopex culpaeus
Pseudalopex culpaeus
Lobo de páramo

Paramo wolf. The Illinizas. Photo: Xavier Vela.

Puma concolor
Puma concolor
Puma

Cougar. Napo, Pan de Azúcar. Photo: WCS Ecuador

Tapirus pinchaque
Tapirus pinchaque
Tapir

Mountain tapir. Cayambe Coca National Park. Photo: Armando Castellanos

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