Mustelidae – Pop! Goes the weasel

The Mustelidae family belongs to the carnivore group and is very similar to dogs, the reason for which many of its species are colloquially called dogs (water dogs, mountain dogs etc.). These mammals are characterized by their long, extremely agile… Read More

The amphibians of Mashpi – types of toads and frogs

Of the different types of amphibians the order of the Anuras is especially interesting and charismatic. Anura means “without tail” and refers to toads and frogs. Of the many families that exist, there are five that are particularly interesting in… Read More

Hummingbirds in Mashpi

Hummingbirds, or quindes as they are known in Quito and the surrounding area, are tireless fairies, in charge of the flowers of the forest. These important pollinators with their hurried jig of metallic colours hold impressive secrets: They represent the… Read More

Dragons’ den

The world of small lizards, the Saurios, is huge, with around 6,000 species that have populated each and every nook and cranny of the planet for the last 220 million years. The suborder Squamata, in which Saurios are found, is… Read More

Mother Nature’s little helpers

Rodents, or Rodentia, are the largest mammal order. Their name comes from “roer” (“chew”) as this is basically what they do all day, whether it’s on seeds, fruit, roots, trunks, or even on other animals. They come in all shapes… Read More

Cloud cats

Among the dense vegetation and mist, the kings of the forest move in silence, stealthy and majestic like invisible guardians of the mountains. Felines, of the Felidae family, are large, wild cats, hunting and carnivorous mammals, who are distributed over… Read More

Hey, hey we’re the monkeys!

These are our closest relatives with whom we share the greatest number of genes, behaviours and appearance traits. Primates, monkeys – our cousins – are characterised by having hands and feet with five fingers (or toes) each, of which the… Read More

Coral snake

Coral snakes, serpents ringed with bands of red, black, white and yellow, belong to the Elapidae family. This family, with only 23 species in Ecuador, has the snakes with the most potent venom of all: a neurotoxin able to rapidly… Read More


The members of this family – Viperidae – are the most timid, and include venomous, big, fat, strong, intricate and beautiful specimens. This family has representatives in almost all of the planet and in Ecuador that representation adds up to… Read More


Snakes are made up of many families and these snakes, belonging to the Colubridae family, have the largest number of members in the world, with more species than any other family of snakes. This family is made up by the… Read More
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