Wildlife Eastern Experience Colombia
Is a vast tropical grassland plain occupying western Venezuela and northeastern Colombia.
The Llanos have an area of approximately 220,000 square miles (570,000 square km), delimited by the Andes Mountains to the north and west, and an altitude that ranges from 60 to 300 mts above sea level.
It is an ecoregion of the flooded grasslands and savannas biome.
The Llanos’ main river is the Orinoco, which forms part of the border between Colombia and Venezuela and is the major river system.
During the rainy season from May to October, parts of the Llanos can flood up to 1-4 meters or more, depending on the specific area. This turns the woodlands and grassland into a temporary wetland, comparable to the Pantanal of central South America.
This flooding also makes the area unique for its wildlife. The area supports species of water birds, including the scarlet ibis. A large portion of the distribution of the white-bearded flycatcher is in the Llanos.
The flooding also made the area unfit for most agriculture before the advent of modern, industrial farming technology. Therefore, during the Spanish colonial era, the primary economic activity of the area was the herding of millions of heads of cattle.
In Colombia Nowadays the activities are changing slowly but drastically, some of the ranches or hatos we visit, finally had understood the benefit in taking care of their land, and animals. Including domestic and wild.
One of the advantages we have is the locals love for their land, something we have used to show the owners the opportunity of eco tourism and environmental development. This are long lasting Activities that include and benefit all living beings in their land.
Finally in a particular ranch we have seen a prohibition of hunting for more than a decade and the results are incredible, jaguars (Panthera onca, puma (Puma concolor), recently tapir (Tapirus terrestris), and animals that have no fear anymore of humans like capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), caiman (Caiman crocodilus), anaconda (Eunectes murinus), and more than a hundred species of birds including the 2, true llanos endemics, white bearded flycatcher (Phelpsia inornata) and pale headed jacamar (Brachygalba goeringi).