Rare mam­mals of the An­des

Many of the species in­hab­it­ing the An­des have been de­clin­ing in num­bers over the last few decades

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An­dean titi mon­key

Listed as Crit­i­cally En­dan­gered, this mon­key is only found in the foothills of the Peru­vian An­des. In the past 25 years its pop­u­la­tion is thought to have de­creased by over 80 per cent due to de­for­esta­tion and cli­mate change.

Moun­tain tapir

With less than 3,000 left in the wild, the moun­tain tapir is classed as En­dan­gered. The species is found in moun­tain­ous ar­eas of Colom­bia, Ecuador and Peru and its habi­tat is threat­ened by min­ing and log­ging.

An­dean wild cat

Pop­u­la­tion es­ti­mates for this elu­sive wild cat have been very un­re­li­able. Most stud­ies es­ti­mate that there are only around 2,500 left in the wild. Found in Chile and Bo­livia, they are per­se­cuted be­cause they are thought to bring bad luck.

Yel­low-tailed woolly mon­key

Found only in Peru, this mon­key is one of the world’s most en­dan­gered pri­mates – there are thought to be less than 250 liv­ing in Peru­vian mon­tane rain­for­est frag­ments. The species is

threat­ened by log­ging and farm­ing.

Spec­ta­cled bear

The only species of bear found in South Amer­ica is classed as Vul­ner­a­ble due to habi­tat loss and hunt­ing. Although found from Venezuela to Ar­gentina, pop­u­la­tion lev­els are

un­cer­tain, rang­ing from 10,000 to 20,000.

Chin­chilla

Both the short-tailed and long-tailed chin­chillas are clas­si­fied as En­dan­gered. Although chin­chillas used to have a rel­a­tively wide dis­tri­bu­tion along the An­des, these days they are re­stricted to moun­tain­ous ar­eas in Chile.

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