At the beginning of the 21st century, the majority of wild mammals of the Ecuadorian Andes had practically disappeared. It is at that time that the conservation of our national parks and wilderness areas begins to be taken more seriously, not only at the level of government policies, but also through education and the constant work of communities and NGOs. At present, it is still rare and it causes great admiration to see one of these free animals in the páramo; populations of deer and rabbits have recovered slightly, however some species still remain vulnerable, among them 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