The runner-up in the list of most photographed mammals in 2018 is the Andean Bear (Tremarctos ornatus). Considered Vulnerable on the IUCN list and even Endangered in Ecuador it has a safe home in Santa Lucía and neighboring reserves (Maquipuna, Yunguilla and Cambugán). It was filmed / photographed 113 times last year. At several occasions bears even attacked camera and managed to throw them to the ground.
Andean Bears in Santa Lucía are strictly diurnal, there is not a single observation (in camera traps) after 8pm or before 5am. They are most active in the morning between 7am and 11am – that’s also when we every once in a while find them feeding on our sugar cane. In 2018 quite a few of our guests got lucky and saw the bears directly. Either in fruit trees or in the sugar cane field.
Bears can be observed (although it’s far from easy) in Santa Lucía althrough the year last year we had very observations in the camera traps between January and March. But since bears walk quite far to get to food that might just be pure chance. 🙂
So, come to Santa Lucía and try and see whether you can find the bears or at least their tracks in our forest (of course with the help of our guides).