Vicente Mendoza, ranger of the Tapichalaca Reserve, started working for Fundación Jocotoco in January of 1999 helping to build trails. He is happy to work for Fundación Jocotoco and to be able to help conservation. He likes to monitor birds, take photographs, and feed the Jocotoco. He has recently implemented a chestnut naped antpitta feeder. His favorite bird is the Jocotoco.
Diego Velásquez, Park Keeper of the Tapichalaca Reserve, started working for Fundación Jocotoco in August 2008. He collaborated in monitoring the Black-breasted Puffleg in Yanacocha and Piñan. He is happy to work for Fundación Jocotoco and to be able to help conservation. Diego monitors birds, takes pictures, and feeds the Jocotoco. His favorite bird species is the buff bellied tanager.
Holger Sanchez started working for Fundación Jocotoco approximately 12 years ago. He works in the habitat restoration project, specifically in the Jorupe Reserve located in the Macará Canton province of Loja of which he is a native. He works in the production of plants in nurseries and maintaining forests. Holger’s favorite tree is the Higeron.
Hiralal Sardar is a 51-year old dedicated forest guard who comes from Paschim Kushaha in Sunsari district. He is the sole guardian for protecting the 40-acre Paschim Kusha Biodiversity Sanctuary. Belonging to a humble background without any formal education Mr. Sardar has grown up working as a farm hand on others’ farms and transporting goods by ox cart. However, after being a part of the Koshi Tappu Conservation Project he is very excited to work as a guard and protect the habitat from any human interference. It is his first venture in the conservation field.
Mr. Jeki Mamahit is a team member at Yayasan Adudu Nantu Internasional (YANI Nantu), with 12 years dedicated field conservation action there. Part of the Nantu Protection Units, Jeki works daily alongside YANI’s partners to protect this globally important rainforest and its remarkable wildlife, patrolling reserve boundaries in remote and challenging terrain.
Jesús is originally from Tempoal Veracruz, Mexico. He is currently involved in monitoring parrots in the project “Protection of parrots in danger of extinction in Mexico” at Rancho Los Colorados.
Sotero is from the Ejido Santa Juana, Altamira, Tamaulipas. He is currently monitoring parrots in the project “Protection of parrots in danger of extinction in Mexico” in the Ejido Santa Juana.
DRACULA RESERVE PROJECT
Hector Yela and his wife Norma are pillars of the community of Chical, Ecuador. He has been president of the local government, supervised the project that brought electricity to the region, and supervised the feasibility study for one of the major roads connecting communities in the region. His wife is a much-loved schoolteacher who taught most of the younger members of the community. Their daughter Pamela was fascinated by the local orchids, and began to accompany Hector in his field work so that she could see them. Through her, Hector also became fascinated by orchids. Pamela was killed in a transit accident at the age of fifteen, and since then Hector has had a special relationship with orchids as bridges to the memory of his lost daughter. Hector developed friendships with many Ecuadorian and international orchid scientists, and helped uncover the region’s extraordinary concentration of endemic plant species. He himself discovered several new species. When Fundacion EcoMinga established a reserve in his area specifically to protect these endemic orchids, he took a leading role in helping with land selection and negotiation, and he is now pleased to be the main protector of these forests.
Angel started working at the Jocotoco Foundation as a park ranger for the Utuana Reserve in May 2002. His activities include maintaining the trails and keeping the hummingbird feeders clean and supplied. The bird that he likes the most is the Tufted Tyt-Tyrant.
Ramiro began his work at Fundación Jocotoco in March 2005. He is happy to work in conservation. For him, it is a privilege to be able to work in nature while he is monitoring birds, taking photographs or feeding the Jocotoco, which is his favorite bird. He would like to do all he can to protect the animals and forests in his community.
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