Excepting Tomás, Cecília's cast of wildlife characters comprises the residents of the Western Andes Mountains in northern South America. The Andes constitutes the world's longest mountain range. Cecília's characters inhabit western slopes included within the Ecuadorian provinces of Cotopaxi and Pichincha.
Like all olinguito young, Cecília's protagonist is an only kit of a yearly litter. Olinguitos live year-round in the cloud-, fog- and mist-encased canopies 32 feet (10 meters) up from the root flares of gnarled, stout trees, at elevations 5,000-9,000 feet (1,524-2,743 meters) above sea level. They realize 1-foot (0.3-meter) jumps between branches during nightly foraging and socializing. They showcase limbs with reversible ankles and paws with padded soles and sharp claws for descending trunks, head-first and squirrel-like, even though they are not known to leave the treetops.
It is from these heights that Cecília's olinguito becomes entranced with Tomás the terrestrially-bound turtle. The non-talking, real-life equivalent of Tomás is Cecília's 150-plus-year-old pet Galápagos Island tortoise. Cecília indeed maintains solid understanding of environmental concerns and mammalian behavior through:
- Domesticating 13 animals, including the alpacas (Vicugna pacos) Khipus and Tupac;
- Getting her M.S.Ed. from the University of Southern California;
- Knowing four languages;
- Visiting 60 countries.