An Ecuadorian adventure

Marc & Peggy Faucher recently visited the Cayambe-Coca National Park
to look for Andean Bears and Mountain Tapir with Armando Castellanos.
Curious to know if they got lucky? Check out their detailed report here!
The pictures below give you a sneak preview (Copyright 2017 Marc Faucher).
Thanks Marc & Peggy, for sharing this amazing material!

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Bats

When you go on a trip with us to look for Andean Bears or tapirs, those are not the only mammals you will be able to see. If you are lucky, you might spot White-tailed deer, Andean fox, Brazilian Rabbits,… But did you know that we also offer to go and look for bats in a cave?

Left is a montane myotis (Myotis oxyotus), a species of vesper bat. On the right are Platyrrhinus nigellus. The pictures were taken by Nicholas Cox, near Papallacta.

Close Bear Encounter

We recently had a close encounter with a family of Andean Bears! Click on the picture below to see the video. Getting so close is the combination of pure luck and coincidence (and some good tracking techniques…). It is actually advisable to keep a distance of minimum 200m!

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Bear trio

This is a close-up of Rebecca, an Andean Bear with 2 small cubs in the Cayambe-Coca National Park. Soon these little bears will leave their nest and start exploring the paramo. It will be possible to go look for all three of them till the cubs become around one year old. Come on an adventure with us, to try to see this trio in the wild!

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Video report

French tourists recently visited the Cayambe Coca National Park to track the Andean bear and tapir with the Andean Bear Foundation. They were so kind to share their video. Click on the picture below to watch it on YouTube.

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Many thanks to Pascal Leroy!

Meet Rebecca

Last month, Armando and his team captured two Andean Bears in the Cayambe Coca National Park: a mother with her son. The female bear was named ‘Rebecca’ and tagged with a satellite collar. Her young son was not marked.

The collar data shows that mama bear frequently crosses a busy road traversing the park. A few weeks later, the team went back to check on the bear, and indeed, it was the same bear with her cubs that was causing commotion on social networks.

The Andean Bear Foundation is in the process of asking permission to place extra signalization on the road, to reduce speeds on this passage in the park, thus avoiding dangerous or fatal situations for these bears.

Puma tracking

Life is full of surprises! We captured a young male puma (Puma concolor)! We radio-collared him and now he is also one of the animals that we will be monitoring in the park. He carries the name “Sinchi”, which means “hard, resistant” in the Quichua language.

When you book a tour with us, it will also be possible to try and track this puma in the Cayambe Coca National Park (Ecuador).

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In December 2014 Wild Globe Travel Consultancy visited the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve to look for spectacled bears and mountain tapirs. With the assistance of Armando (President Andean Bear Foundation) and two local trackers they tried their luck. Want to know if they got lucky? Read the full report here and admire the pictures below!

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Interview Radio New Zealand

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Armando Castellanos has spent years studying the Andean spectacled bear and the Mountain tapir. He’s set up the Andean Bear Conservation Project to help pay for his research and he also hopes tourists will want to come and pay to see his satellite collared bears and tapirs in the wild. From The Weekend on 17 Jan 2015.

Click on the Radio New Zealand logo to listen to the complete interview!

Baby bear encounter!

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During the next few months, there is a unique opportunity to go on an Andean bear spotting tour to see a mother bear (Delia) with her cub from a distance (also excellent photo opportunities). At the moment, only very adventurous and fit people can participate: walking distance is between 2 or 3 days, only to encounter the bears. Within a few months, mother bear and cub will return to closer and more accessible areas (closer to the road).

Read the full story:

On the 13th August 2014, Delia, the latest wild Andean bear to have been collared by the Andean Bear Foundation for vital research purposes, was located nesting with a cub in the high Ecuadorian Andes of the Cayambe Coca national park. Incredibly, Armando Castellanos, the ABF president, captured the first ever video footage of an Andean Bear cub in a nest in the paramo habitat. It is testament to the Andean bears resilient and impervious nature that they are born in such extreme and exposed conditions as those in which Delia’s occupied nest was discovered. Due to the intensely remote and harsh conditions of the paramo, until now; no previous such encounter has ever been documented.

We estimate that Delia and the cub will stay in the nest for another 3 to 4 weeks; though we are now provided with the perfect opportunity to determine exactly how long Andean bear cubs stay in the nest for in this environment. There are innumerable discoveries to be made regarding the relationship between mother and cub both during and after the initial nesting period. This research and future satellite telemetry studies of Andean bears will enable us to determine important bear nesting sites, providing significant emphasis for the extension of existing protected areas, and for the more stringent enforcement of environmental law. We estimate that the mother and cub will stay together for a minimum of a further 9 months before separating, providing us with ample time to document an excellent life story whilst collecting crucial species information.