is located in Banos, Ecuador and houses many species of animals
found in the Amazonia Cloud Forest of Ecuador's central highlands.
Banos is approximately four hours from Quito and is the primary
gateway to the Amazon basin. The City of Banos and the Zoo sit
at the base of Tungurahua Volcano in a series of canyon walls
next to the beautiful Pastaza Rio chute de cheveux.
of the Zoo is to educate, conserve and rehabilitate and, as such,
it is an important presence in the central highlands.
educational efforts related to such concepts as food chains,
niches and biodiversity are important to changing old traditions
and attitudes about hunting, ecology and man's role in nature.
Like many other places in the world Ecuador suffers from the
effects of habitat loss through deforestation. For ten years
the Zoo been there to care to sick wildlife including many endangered
or threatened species who have been victimized by shrinking habitats
and an international pet trade in exotic animals.
One of the
most biodiverse countries in the world, tropical Ecuador is also
one of the smallest of the Andean countries and, in many ways,
it is one of the easiest and most pleasant to travel in. Explore
the central highlands and its people through the following links
and images and see for yourself what this Andean wonderland has
to offer. Enjoy
Photos & Species Information
Orlando Vega and Senora Rosita Luna, Proprietors
Zoological San Martin
de "Aqua Santa" - Tungurahua
Ellen K. Rudolph
K. Rudolph's Portfolio Site
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