Well let’s see now, what animals have we NOT seen in Cuenca? It strikes us as a bit odd but we have not seen very many wild animals in Cuenca Ecuador. We went to the Cuenca zoo and saw many animals there, but that does not count, does it? This article has to be titled “wild animals we have NOT seen in Cuenca because we haven’t seen any!
When we first moved here it seemed there were hardly any birds. We did not hear them nor see them. In the northern country during summer, it was so hot that we would leave the bedroom window open overnight just to get an early morning breeze. This way we would also wake up to the music of the birds in the trees in our yard every morning. We’d go out in the yard and admire the bluebirds, yellow finches and red cardinals. What a sight for sore eyes.
Every other morning, we’d be treated to a pack of deer in the yard. The neighbor’s Guinea Hens would wander over and let themselves be known. And then there were the crickets every night, our son misses them. Our son also saw in the lake, a very large snapping turtle the size of a manhole cover. Smaller box turtles would be seen crossing the road while out driving on a hot summer day.
And here we have not been hearing any birds, until recently. But the birds have come back and they pleasantly chirp, sing and talk amongst one another every morning again. Thank God.
We do not live in the densely populated section of the city center; in point of fact, nearby there are farmers growing vegetables in the fields, so there are not as many houses and even though it is right by the river, we have never seen squirrels, rabbits, raccoon, deer, or opossums. The only wild animals we have seen are rats and mice and now some different varieties of birds. It does strike us as a bit odd since we’re surrounded by so many beautiful mountains, and there appears to be so much nature not too far off.
On the other side of the coin, there are no snakes around here either. That’s a relief, although we’ve been told there are plenty of them in the lower country toward Guayaquil.
We hiked up Cajas Mountain and spent the day and the only wild life we saw was some trout; didn’t even see one rabbit or deer. This was astonishing to us. Where are all the animals?
When you start traveling out of town on the Pan-American Highway next to the mountain you don’t even see any dead animals on the roadside that accidentally got hit by cars. In the northern country you’d see dead animals on the roadsides all the time such as opossums, rabbits and even deer.
It appears there aren’t many wild animals here, and if there are, they sure do know how to hide themselves well. Haven’t seen a snake, lizard, or turtle in the wild here either, perhaps it is just too cold here for the reptiles.
If you want to see some animals in the wild in Ecuador, guess you have to go to the Amazon or the coastal regions where it is warmer. We have seen in Cuenca a few insects and spiders however; you can read all about the insect population of Cuenca here. And watch out for our upcoming video of the Cuenca Zoo where you'll see lots of wild animals and even a loose monkey or two.