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Ecuador — AmaZOOnico Rescue Center Part 2


AmaZOOnico Choo-Choo Train

Continuing our tour of the AmaZOOnico Rescue Center, here’s a cut little tapir:

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

And a beautiful ocelot:

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

Remember Trumpy, the friendly grey-winged trumpeter from Monday? I promised a neat story involving this helpful little guy who thinks he’s part of the AmaZOOnico staff, and who enjoys accompanying the visitors on their tours. Trumpy is so at home with the human staff that he even watches out for them. He trumpets warnings to the unsuspecting whenever he senses a venomous snake nearby, for instance. And on one occasion, when one of the staff was accidently locked in an enclosure, Trumpy went to retrieve help for his hapless fellow staffer. Now that’s cute. Here’s another view of Trumpy the guide:

Trumpy the grey-winged trumpeter and AmaZOOnico trail guide

Now for some more of the AmaZOOnico guests:

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

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Ecuador — San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge and Cresting the Andes


San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, we left the Amazon Basin behind us and headed toward Quito. Along the way we were do for a lunch stop at the San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge. It was drizzly on our arrival, and we didn’t see many hummingbirds, but the views along the eastern slopes of the Andes were rather breathtaking, but not as breathtaking (literally) as our later climb above 13,000 feet/3,900 meters on our journey to Quito.

San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge

As you can see from today’s photos, the vegetation here is lush, dense, and beautifully green.

San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge

San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge

San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge

After lunch our tour group loaded back aboard the bus for the continued climb into the high Andes. The air grew thin, and trees gave way to shrub.

High Andes waterhole

Look in the background in the photo below and you’ll see that humanity reaches even here. Notice what appears to be a ranch?

High Andes ranch

Next week we begin an extended tour of Quito.

 

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Ecuador — AmaZOOnico Rescue Center Part 1


AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

The next day, February 20, 2016, we took a relatively brief boat ride from Casa del Suizo along the Rio Napo to the nearby Rio Arajuno. Our destination this morning was the AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Center. This wonderful rescue center was created to “receive, treat, rehabilitate, and reintroduce wild animals that had been confiscated from the illegal trade.” Those that cannot be returned to the wild have found a permanent home.

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

And some just don’t want to leave.  The grey-winged trumpeter bird is a very gregarious creature, easily socialized and exceedingly friendly. So, not only did we have a human guide, we also had Trumpy to keep us company throughout our visit. Trumpy appears to believe that he’s a guide, and it’s quite charming to watch him herd us along, hopping up and down steps, winding along the muddy pathways, and interacting with the animals along the way.

Trumpy, our other guide

I’ll tell you a rather fun and interesting Trumpy tale on Wednesday. For now, let’s look at some of the rescues we met:

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

 

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