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The Animals of Amaru Zoo, Cuenca Ecuador (Video)

There is a small zoo in Cuenca Ecuador. More information about the Amaru Zoo, including directions.

There are Andean bears, tigers, pumas, parrots and giant tortoises. There are also lots of monkeys, white tailed deer, Andean squirrels, peccary and African lions.  In total, there are 70 species with more than 650 animals. This video highlights some of our favorites. Hope you enjoy!

Please share your favorites in the comments below!

The Animals of Amaru Zoo, Cuenca Ecuador

Watch the video on YouTube.

Photos of the Animals at the Amaru Zoo

Here are a few of the photos that we included in the video slideshow.







Female Andean Bear Cuenca Ecuador

Which animal is your favorite?

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Bryan is a journalist, photographer, expat and dad. He writes for Gringos Abroad (Ecuador travel and living) and Blogger Abroad (run an online business abroad). He also enjoys living in Southern Ecuador (South America) with his wife and daughter. Connect with Bryan on LinkedIn.

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  • Mcooks December 30, 2013, 3:03 pm

    We went a few weeks ago with two young friends and had a great time. It does seem impossible, but is true that it’s uphill both ways. :-) We took lots of pictures and the kids had fun scrambling up and down. Definitely wear good shoes, bring a snack and enough water for everyone. There is a lunch place to stop where you can buy a little something to eat, too, but we didn’t have enough time to hang out and eat. Next time we will. One child was pretty hungry by the time we got to the monkey’s habitat and so she ate a little bit from the backpack. Well, we don’t recommend that because the monkey’s got pretty curious and they are NOT closed in. Best to eat at the designated spot. We will bring friends and family back.

  • Jim Chase November 24, 2013, 6:40 pm

    We went to the zoo on November 23, 2013. Very unique zoo, unlike the zoos in US. Those who are handicapped or not physically fit should think twice before going

  • Scott Fugit November 24, 2013, 12:51 pm

    Bryan and Dena
    Great pics from the zoo – were the bird species identified? I’m looking at my book of Ecuador birds — the color plates spiral bound copied version purchased at the Carolina Bookstore in Cuenca — the last copy they had.

    Yikes!! — Some of these aren’t easy. Bird watchers in Ecuador — correct me if I’m wrong. The still pics show: Black Chested Buzzard Eagle – a mature adult. Either a Columbian or Paint Billed Crake. From your video: A Blue and Yellow Macaw, a Scarlet Macaw, Orange Winged Amazon Parrot and a Bronze Winged Parrot.

    You’re recent hummingbird postings show a Napo Sabrewing (I think) – we saw one along the Tomabomba. There are 6 pages of hummingbirds in my book.

    Thanks for your blog and Keep those birds coming.

    Scott Fugit
    Boise, Idaho USA

  • Jo Anna Kloster November 23, 2013, 10:53 am

    It was really great to see the natural habitat incorporated into the exhibits where these animals live. It appears that the animals are comfortable and well maintained. How great!! Look forward to visiting it when we get there.

  • Jaci November 22, 2013, 11:46 am

    We loved the black tamarind monkey, at least I think that’s what it was. and the cosumbos – which didn’t like us at all!

    Wonderful zoo!! So glad we were dressed appropriately… certainly NOT an US zoo. Next time we’ll go more prepared with a light snack and water. We could have spent many more hours. Great picture taking day.

  • Burt November 22, 2013, 9:53 am

    I agree that is a nice afternoon outing. I went last year and wrote a post in my own photo blog too:


  • Larry Gann November 22, 2013, 8:10 am

    The zoo is not exactly what you’d expect. It’s on the side of a hill and is uphill both coming and going till the last few minutes and is not , repeat not for the elderly unless your in very very good physical condition.


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