Antisana Volcano, near Papallacta
I have visited Ecuador twice: in August 2012 for a week to see Spectacled Bears and Mountain Tapirs in the Andes, and then to the Napo Valley; and for a long weekend in September 2015 to look for Olinguitos.
Olinguito, Bassaricyon neblina
During 3 nights in 2015 we saw Olinguito, Kinkajou, Andean White-eared Opossum, Red-tailed Squirrel and Tube-lipped Tailless Bat plus a couple of hard to identfy rodents, one of which was most likely a Grey-bellied Nephelomys.
Cayembe – Coca National Park
Spectacled Bear, Tremarctos ornatus
I spent four days here in 2012 and saw Spectacled Bear, Mountain Tapir, White-tailed Deer, Andean Rabbit, and Andean Fox.
The Napo Valley
Pygmy Marmoset, Cebuella pygmaea
Over 2 nights in 2012 I saw Greater White-lined Bat, Graells’ Black-mantled Tamarin, Golden-mantled Tamarin,Pygmy Marmoset, Common Squirrel Monkey, Marañó White-fronted Capuchin, Noisy (Spix’s) Night Monkey, Red (Double-browed) Titi, Equatorial Saki and Venezuelan Red Howler Monkey.
Mountain Tapir, Tapirus pinchaque
Ecuador and the Galapagos, 2018: Martin Royle, 19 days & 37 species including Spectacled Bear, Northern Pudu, Red Mouse Opossum and Stump-tailed Porcupine.
Ecuador, 2018: Charles Hood, 12 days & 23 species including Mountain Tapir, Spectacled Bear, Olinguito, Linnaeus’s Mouse Opossum and Dusky Shrew-Opossum.
Shiripuno Lodge, 2017: Ben Schwienhart, 10 days & 20 species including Black Agouti, White-tailed Titi, Napo Saki and Poeppig’s Wooly Monkey.
Coco Cayembe, 2017: Stuart Chapman, 3 days & 5 species including Spectacled Bear and Montane Myotis.
Ecuador, 2017: Sophie Bétrisey and Manuel Baumgartner, 3 weeks and 27 species including Oncilla, Tayra, Spectacled Bear, Mountain Tapir and both Brown and Silvery Woolly Monkeys.
Ecuador, 2016: Hugh Buck, 12 days & 17 species (on a mainly birding trip), including Tayra, Olinguito, Brown Woolly Monkey, Monk Saki and a Spiny Tree Rat.
Bellavista, 2015: Jon Hall, 3 nights & 5 species including Olinguito and Andean White-eared Opossum.
Ecuador, 2015: Cheryl Antonucci, 2 weeks & 19 species including Mountain Tapir, Spectacled Bear, Tayra, Olinguito, Yellow-handed Titi and Yellow-crowned Brish-tailed Rat.
Ecuador, 2015: Torbjorn Lundqvist, 3 weeks & 29 species including Woolly, Equatorial Saki and White-bellied Spider Monkeys, Olingo and Olinguito, 2 Tayras, Southern Naked-tailed and Greater Long-nosed Armadilloes, and an Andean White-eared Opossum. What a great trip!
Ecuador, 2014: Jason Woolgar, 3 weeks & 35 species including Oncilla, Olinguito, Anderson’s Four-eyed Opossum, Common & Poeppig’s Woolly Monkey, White-bellied Spider Monkey, Spectacled Bear and Mountain Tapir.
Tapichalaca & Buenaventura, 2013: Fiona Reid’s excellent account of a bat and small mammal survey. 2 weeks & 35 species including a couple of new records for the region, a Mountain Paca and a Shrew Opossum.
Sacha Lodge, 2013: Cheryl Antonucci, 1 week & 18 species including Tayra, Southern Tamandua and many primates.
Napo and the Andes, 2012: Jon Hall 1 week & 17 species including Pygmy Marmoset, Spectacled Bear and Mountain Tapir.
Ecuador, 2012: Dominique Brugiere, 5 weeks & some good mammals including Spectacled Bears, Mountain Tapir, Galapagos Fur Seal, Tayra, Woolly Monkeys and a Giant Armadillo.
Ecuador, 2012: Alan Dahl, 1 week & 17 species including Pygmy Marmosets, Golden-mantled Tamarins and Monk Sakis.
Ecuador, 2011: Richard Webb (Wildwings), 2 weeks & 23 species including Spectacled Bear, Long-tailed Weasel, Golden-mantled Tamarin and a probable Dwarf Brocket Deer.
Bolivia, Chile, Peru & Ecuador, 2011: Matthew and Maureen Hart, 2 months & 32 species including Southern River Otter, Northern Viscacha and Anderson’s Four-eyed Opposum.
Northern Ecuador, 2010: Simon Feys, 20 days & 21 species including Poeppig’s Woolly Monkey, Monk Saki, White-bellied Spider Monkey, White-tailed Titis and Spectacled Bears.
Ecuador, 2010: Richard Webb (Wildwings), 2 weeks & 21 species on this recce trip for the 2011 tour. Including Mountain Tapir and Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth.
Northern Ecudador, 2009: Steve Davis and Karen Becker, 2 weeks & 24 species including some great primates and a Tayra.
Ecuador April, 2004 – June, 2005: some comprehensive notes on mammal watching from Rich Lindie who spent 14 months working as a naturalist in the Sacha Lodge. He saw a lot of great stuff.
Ben Schwienhart’s pictures from Shiripuno Lodge, 2018 (Feb, 2019)
RFI Cuyabano Wildlife Reserve / Southern Yasuni / Kapawi Lodge (July, 2015)
RFI Cayembe Coco (May, 2015)
Yasuni (Ecuador): Featured video – camera traps catch jaguars, anteaters, and a sloth eating clay in the Amazon rainforest
Olinguito Discovered (August 2013)
The Mammals of Ecuador is a brilliant resource. This has a full list of all Ecuador’s mammals and – if you search (Buscar) by species – you can get detailed photos of each species. If only every country had one of these.
López-Baucells, Adrià et al. A Field Guide to Bats of the Amazon, 2018. Pelagic Publishing. This 170 page paperback is a remarkably easy to use illustrated guide to identifying all 160 species in the Amazon.
Tirira, D. 2017. A Field Guide to the Mammals of Ecuador. Editorial Murcielago Blanco. A much needed photographic field guide to all of Ecuador’s mammals.