Auca is a female that was tagged by the GNTCA in Zuleta in October, 2014. At that time, she was already wearing her white collar but the rest of her plumage was still brown. Two years and half later, after having travelled through Ecuador and Colombia, she came back in Zuleta, now almost adult.
Fernanda is the first bear we identified in 2009 when we started to monitor the bear population of Zuleta. Last time we saw her was in 2015. She is now back, 2 years later, to present her new cub (born last year considering its size) to us.
The GPLF participated to the 13th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment that took place in Jaime Duque Parc, Colombia. We presented there the work we carried out about enrichment for andean condors kept under human care.
A new big step in the monitoring of the Andean bear population in the area of Zuleta. In 7 years, the GPLF identified and monitored 31 bears in Hacienda Zuleta. We are now widening the area of study to the military headquarter of Yaguachi.
We deeply thank Major Diego Sotomayor and captains-vet Paul Silva and José Luis Estrella for their colaboration, as well as soldier Santiago Morocho and corporal Ivan Pacají for their help in the field.
We hope for many new data through this colaboration.
This Andean porcupine (Coendu quichua) was found on the sidewalk of the main road of Zuleta, close to people houses. This species is considered “Vulnerable” in Ecuador.
We thank José Tabango and her wife very much, who, to protect the animal, contacted us. He has been released in the forest of San Pedro.
For the third year in a row, the couple of Streak-throated Bush-tyrant (Myiotheretes striaticollis) of San Pedro nested under the thatched roof of our education center. Two chicks hatched this year. Young condors and eagles also appeared this month.
Zuleta is a wild female that was tagged with n°5 by the GNTCA (National Working Group for the Andean Condor) in october 2014 when she was very young. Not resentful, she keeps visiting us occasionally. She’s almost a sub-adult now and has a nice white collar.
Keeping up with the good bear news ! Yalo, a female we know since 2013, showed up at the platform with two new cubs, Sillu (claw) and Kinku (curve). They are the 29th and 30th bear we identified in Zuleta since 2009.
Remember the post a year ago “Bear tenderness”. Seems we now have the cute result of it. As bears are not monogamous it is hard to tell if Ceja is actually the father but let’s say it is probable. Name of that little furry ball: Mallki (“Branch” in Kichwa).
Though we can regularly hear the call of the Rufous-banded Owl (Ciccaba/Strix albitarsis) coming from the forest of San Pedro at night, it is pretty hard to see one. As we were coming back from a late walk in the primary forest, one individual greeted us at dusk.