After 10 years, a rare and little-known rodent species, commonly called “bamboo rat” (Dactylomis peruanus) was recorded again in the Historical Sanctuary of Machupicchu (Cusco).
“Rangers of the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (Sernanp) were patrolling the Phuyupatamarka sector when they managed to see this species of the Echimyidae family, reported for the last time in 2008 during the process of updating the Master Plan of the Sanctuary”, said El Comercio.
After its sighting, the staff of the protected natural area made the first photographic record of this rodent, which was found among bamboo bushes on the edge of the Inca Trail.
The bamboo rat inhabits humid subtropical or tropical zones. It has been seen in middle elevations of the eastern Andean slopes of southern Peru and northern Bolivia. In addition, it appears in the list of “deficient” data, due to the lack of recent information on its status, threats and ecological niche.