Butterfly and moth enthusiasts will also enjoy a visit to Tandayapa. At night, numerous species are attracted to lights near the lodge where they are easy to see and photograph.

During his time as a guide at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Mark Gurney created a photographic guide to many of the butterflies and moths of the Tandayapa Valley.

Click here to view the guide


The following species have been recorded from the Lodge or the nearby Tandayapa Valley. Most of the smaller mammals were identified by a team from Abilene Christian University and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.


White-eared Opossum
Southern Opossum
Andean Slender Mouse Opossum
Nine-banded Armadillo
Ecuadorian Small-eared Shrew
Tailed Tailless Bat
Geoffroy’s Tailless Bat
Chestnut Short-tailed Bat
Vampire Bat
Little Big-eared Bat
Thomas’s Broad-nosed Bat
Bidentate Yellow-shouldered Bat
Hairy Yellow-shouldered Bat
Highland Yellow-shouldered Bat
Little Yellow-eared Bat
Hairy-legged Myotis
Black Myotis
White-faced Capuchin
Little Spotted Cat
Long-tailed Weasel
Spectacled Bear
Collared Peccary
Western Dwarf Squirrel
Red-tailed Squirrel
Forest Small Rice Rat
Mountane Fish-eating Rat
Tomes’s Rice Rat

Scientific Name

Didelphis albiventris
Didelphis marsupialis
Marmosops impavidus
Dasypus novemcinctus
Cryptotis equatoris
Anoura caudifer
Anoura geoffroyi
Carollia castanea
Desmodus rotundus
Micronycteris megalotis
Platyrrhinus dorsalis
Sturnira bidens
Sturnira erythromos
Sturnira ludovici
Vampyressa pusilla
Myotis keaysi
Myotis nigricans
Cebus capucinus
Leopardus tigrinus
Puma concolor
Eira barbara
Mustela frenata
Bassaricyon neblina
Potos flavus
Tremarctos ornatus
Pecari tajacu
Microsciurus mimulus
Sciurus granatensis
Microryzomys minutus
Neusticomys monticolus
Oryzomys albigularis