Tapeti (Sylvilagus brasiliensis) - Cajas National Park, Ecuador
The Tapeti, also known as the Brazilian cottontail or forest cottontail, was one of the more visible mammalian residents of Cajas National Park. This species is found from Southern Mexico down through about half of South America. Throughout its range its found in a variety of habitats from fields to tropical forests. This individual and others like it were seen up in the Paramo (high altitude grassland) in Cajas National Park, Ecuador. Its tough to survive so high up in the Andes but these rabbits seem to flourish under these conditions.