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National Animal

Andean condor

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”

Robert Lynd

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Sea lions, penguins, fur seals, piranhas, electric eel, stingrays, catfish, dolphin, otter, manatee, reef sharks.

Birds:

Owl, hummingbirds, toucans, caracara, parrots, parakeets, pink flamingos.

Land mammals:

Bears, sloths, monkeys, foxes, tapirs, bats, jaguars, armadillos, ant-eaters, sea lions, fur seals.

Snakes and insects:

Boas, basilisks, anacondas, crocodiles, caimans, turtles, tortoises, vipers.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Street vendors often showcase puppies among car drivers and on the street looking for potential buyers. Stray dogs are a common sight, often 25 to 30 dogs on an average city block. In the marketplace, lots of live animals are for sale, such as dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, birds and even monkeys are kept in cages under unsanitary conditions waiting to be sold to the highest bidder. At some markets, meats of turtles, agoutis, armadillos and monkeys are also sold illegally.

In the
Countryside

Donkeys and horses in rural Ecuador are used to carry water and help with agriculture work.

Hunting or poaching:

Birds are the most common contraband. Officials only prevent hunting of endangered species. Indigenous people groups considered it legal to hunt and capture animals from the jungle.

Animal fights:

Cockfights and bullfights are allowed as part of the country’s "tradition". Animal rights activists are fighting to abolish these.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Animal Protection Foundation

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

Yanapuma Los Monos Selva y Vida

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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