Know the fauna of the Sierra Nevada and Minca

The Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta has a great variety of wild animals, consisting of species of birds, mammals, fish and insects. Some 628 species of birds have been detected, 120 of mammals and 142 of amphibians and reptiles.

monkey cocks Alouatta seniculus

The mammal fauna of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is distributed ..

In 10 orders with 32 families and 189 possible species corresponding to 17.98% of the vertebrate fauna species reported. The present state of knowledge of present and / or possible species shows that the group with the greatest amplitude is that of bats, which reaches about 109 species, followed by that of rodents, carnivores and marsupials, among the most Important.

porcupine oendou prehensilis

It is found among others: mouse of mount (Santamartamys rufodorsalis), porcupine (Coendou prehensilis), anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), ñeques (Agouti paca), zaino (Tayassu tajacu), deer (Mazama americana), dog fox (Cerdocyon thous), Tigrillo (Leopardus pardalis), monkey cocks (Alouatta seniculus), monkey marmosets (Saguinus oedipus), dwarf squirrels (Microsciurus).

The influence of Andean fauna is evident for the great majority of registered mammals and at least three or four species, may have disappeared since 1954 in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, due to hunting pressure and loss of habitat. No less than 10 other species are currently at risk for the same causes.
5 of them are:

mico de noche (Aotus griseimembra) puma (Puma concolor) ratón silvestre (Thomasomys monochromos) Tigrillo (Leopardus pardalis) nutria (Lontra longicaudis)
  • The moth (Aotus griseimembra)
  • The puma (Puma concolor)
  • The wild mouse (Thomasomys monochromos) endemic
  • The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
  • Otter (Lontra longicaudis)
Many other species mentioned are in some degree of threat.

Several butterflies among which are the Blue Butterfly (Morpho spp.)

Species in threat because its habitat is affected by its fragmentation and deforestation of tropical forests.

Atelopus carrikeri

Among amphibians, the marsupial frog (Crytobratrachus sp.), Endemic amphibians include two species of harlequin toad (Atelopus arsyecue, Atelopus carrikeri), rain frogs (Pristimantis ruthveni, Pristimantis sanctaemartae, NT, Pristimantis tayrona, NT) and (Geobatrachus walkeri), which group species with some degree of threat or conservation risk.

Pristimantis ruthveni

Within the reptiles can be observed geckos included in the genera Pseudogonatodes sp., Lepidoblepharis sp. And Sphaerodactylus sp ..

There is the lizard (Anadia altaerrania), the green lizard anolis (Anolis sp.) And the common Iguana (Iguana sp.), Which contain threatened species. You can also see snakes like; Snakes (Bothrops asper), Coral (Micrurus sp.), Hunting snakes (Leptophis sp.).

More information about Minca

Origin and history of Minca

Minca appears in the 18th century ...
Its history based on writings, documents and notarial acts of Santa Marta and Magdalena

Coffee and its origin in Minca

From 1741 coffee was planted in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, however the largest expansion of the coffee culture of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta occurred between 1895 and 1915.

Honey and cocoa now in Minca

Today, handmade chocolate is found from its cocoa seed to the mixing process producing delicious handmade chocolate without additives in Minca

Minca's birds and how to observe them

Minca is the ideal stop for birdwatchers. The observation of birds in its surroundings is one of the best ways to know and explore these beautiful cloud forests.