Andean White Eared Possum, Didelphis pernigra

The Andean white-eared possum (Didelphis pernigra) is a species of marsupial that is native to South America. Its range extends from Bolivia to Venezuela through the Andes Mountains. It is thought to prefer a habitat in secondary forests and agricultural areas. There is not much known about the habits of the species, but it is thought to be in danger of crossbreeding in some areas of its range, although there are no major threats to the species as a whole. It occurs in many protected areas throughout its range and appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Didelphis pernigra (Andean white-eared opossum) captured around 2600m altitude in the rural area of Cotacachi, Ecuador. Credit: Awkiku/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)