New Terrain Protected for Endangered White-footed Tamarin

White-footed Tamarin
Antioquia Reserve
Antioquia Reserve

Our matching appeal to save the Endangered White-footed Tamarin in the lush rainforests of the Caribbean-facing slope of the Colombian Andes far exceeded expectations, thanks to the support of our donors and matching support from Robert Giles, Luanne Lemmer, and Eric Veach. A total of nine properties have been acquired to expand the original “Arrierito Antioqueño Nature Reserve” from 1,773 acres to over 5,300 acres, ensuring that the last relict of this unique habitat is saved.

The Arrierito Antioqueña (local name for the Chestnut-capped Piha) Nature Reserve sits within a melting pot of three overlapping ecoregions that has given rise to a number of endemic species of birds, mammals, butterflies, plants, and amphibians. Two fine examples are the enigmatic White-footed Tamarin and the Chestnut-capped Piha, both highly endangered and dependent on the last vestiges of primary forest now contained within the greatly expanded nature reserve. The site is also the last stronghold for the region’s rainforest biodiversity with 10 endangered amphibian species and 12 endangered bird species, including the spectacular Multicolored Tanager.

The Arrierito Antioqueño Nature Reserve is an important historical cultural center with much evidence of the now extinct Nutabes indigenous peoples and also ruins of a 19th century fort that was a major gold repository that point to an early wave of colonization and environmental exploitation in the region. But it is the area’s unique and highly threatened biodiversity that make the site critical for conservation and is the reason the reserve area is recognized by major international conservation organizations as an Alliance for Zero Extinction site.

Numerous animal and plant species faced the abyss of ecological catastrophe, but today we thank you for generously donating to ensure viable populations can be preserved forever at this very special site. Your critical support has once again made the difference.

If you wish to visit the Arrierito Antioqueño Nature Reserve, with its small but wonderful accommodation lodge, please let us know.

Click here to help fund the ongoing protection of the White-footed Tamarin.

New Protection for Historic Site and Colombian Wildlife

El Dorado
El Dorado
El Dorado

The El Dorado Bird Reserve in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta of Colombia, home to one of the planet’s highest concentrations of endemic and globally threatened birds and amphibians, will grow thanks to land purchases thanks to Rainforest Trust supporters.

 

The newly acquired property, called “Hacienda Vista Nieve” totals over 250 acres of montane forest reaching an elevation of almost 8,000 feet and will be managed by our Colombian partner Fundación ProAves.

 

Hacienda Vista Nieve was established in 1917 by the American Melbourne “Meb” Carriker who was one of South America’s great naturalists of the early 20th century and Colombia’s greatest ornithologist having lived and travelled in Colombia from 1911 until his death in 1965. Meb raised his family of five children on the Vista Nieve coffee farm until 1927. His eldest son, Dr. Melbourne “Mel” R. Carriker (1915-2007), became a distinguished marine biologist and Professor of Marine Studies at the College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware, and wrote the popular book Vista Nieve: The Remarkable True Adventures of an Early Twentieth Century Naturalist and His Family in Colombia, South America recounting his experiences on this remarkable property. Given the expensive ornithological and natural history studies of Vista Nieve for 100 years, the acquisition and protection of its forest has great scientific value.

 

In memory of the tremendous contribution to Neotropical ornithology by Meb Carriker and his family, the new 250 acre acquisition within the El Dorado reserve will be named the “Carriker Sanctuary.”

 

The El Dorado Reserve now protects a total of 1,928 acres of one of the most important and under-protected ecosystems on the planet. It is home to an extraordinary bird diversity totaling 300 species, including three–-Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Bush Tyrant and Santa Marta Sabrewing–that are Endangered under IUCN-World Conservation Union criteria and have their entire or major stronghold population here. The presence of these species establishes the reserve as an Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) site, among the world’s highest priorities for conservation. Other threatened birds found in the reserve include: Black-fronted Wood Quail, Santa Marta Screech-owl, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Blossomcrown, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Antpitta, Cerulean Warbler, and Santa Marta Warbler.

 

The El Dorado reserve lies within 14,000 acres of subtropical to montane forest and pasturelands on an isolated ridge of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta massif with only one-eighth of the area being currently protected. This narrow exposed ridge is a major catchment for humid onshore winds in an otherwise dry to arid region and feeds two major watersheds that supply over 800,000 people in the Caribbean coastal city and resorts of Santa Marta.

 

This Reserve, which is owned and managed by Fundación ProAves, was established in 2005. The reserve has excellent ecotourism facilities and an Eco-Lodge. To visit this spectacular reserve contact EcoTurs Colombia or email info@ecoturs.org.