The little zoo that serves as a wildlife refuge

It’s been said that looks can be deceiving. This is certainly true when you arrive at the Yurak Allpa Zoológico Refugio in Tarqui. It’s easy for first time visitors to drive by and miss this small zoo. But inside it is large enough to spend a wonderful hour or two here, especially for families with little ones. Located about 14 kilometers southeast of Cuenca, this private preserve hosts some two hundred creatures, representing about fifty different species. There is something unique about this zoo: as its name implies, it is more of a refuge for injured, mistreated or abandoned wild…

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