Leonires Cabrera

Working for over a decade for our Ecuadorian partner Fundación Jocotoco, senior forest guard Leonires Cabrera was instrumental in helping create the Jorupe Reserve, which is home to over 200 bird species, including many endemic species. 

Leonires designed and built an extensive system of nature trails connecting Jorupe’s ecolodge to the surrounding forest. The lodge was constructed in a clearing known as “Leo’s Place,” an area Leonires often brought visitors to rest and enjoy views of the landscape. The ecolodge is a good location to see wildlife, especially threatened birds like the Red-masked Parakeet. The reserve is home to nearly 190 bird species, including 15 that are threatened or near-threatened.

“I love living surrounded by nature, interacting daily with tourists and teaching them about the variety of wildlife that live in the reserve. These activities are now a very important part of my life.”

Photo by Fundación Jocotoco

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