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National Animal

Andean Condor

” Nature is alive and talking to us. This is not a metaphor.”

Terence McKenna

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Dolphins, manatees, crabs, sea turtles, whales.


Parrots, hummingbirds, macaws, kingfishers, trogons, warblers, vultures, woodpeckers, toucans, eagles.

Land mammals:

Cats, rats, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths, anteaters, peccaries, tapirs, bears.

Snakes and insects:

Anacondas, crocodiles, turtles, tortoises, armadillos, otters, boa constrictor, butterflies.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Horse-drawn carts carrying people and heavy loads are seen on the city streets alongside buses and cars.

In the

Bullfighting is somewhat common throughout Colombia. , The main difference is that the general public is sometimes allowed to join in which brings about the execution of bulls with rocks, sticks and knives.

Hunting or poaching:

Hunting is banned, but subsistence hunting and fishing is allowed. Sloths are commonly hunted in the country. There are no laws giving specific protection to sloths, but all wildlife is protected by a general law prohibiting, hunting, possession and trafficking of Colombian wildlife

Animal fights:

Bull fighting, and cock fighting are permitted due to cultural and traditional references. Law on total prohibition of bull fighting is under process. As of 2019, bullfighting events are not included in animal cruelty laws until the deadline imposed by Constitutional Court expires on May 2019.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Amigos del Planeta Cartagena Paws Pazanimal

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

Juliana's Animal Sanctuary

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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