Projects

PURCHASED: Expanding the Jorupe Reserve, Ecuador

New species of catPROJECT SNAPSHOT

LOCATION: beside Macara, southwestern Ecuador

SIZE: 1,500 acres

KEY SPECIES:  Henna-hooded Foliage-Gleaner, over 30 endemic and 8 threatened bird species, 4 endemic and 2 threatened mammal species

HABITAT: Deciduous forest

THREATS: Easy accessibility makes it extremely vulnerable to conversion to pasture and nearby land is being rapidly cleared

ACTION: Expand the current reserve by 500 acres

LOCAL PARTNERS Jocotoco Foundation

FINANCIAL NEED: $200,000 for land purchase

Upper Jorupe Tumbesian
Henna-hooded Foliage-Gleaner
Tumbesian Dry Forest

The Tumbesian region, extending south from Loja in southwestern Ecuador along the coastal plain and foothills to Huacho in Peru, is a globally-recognized conservation priority. The spectacular region is home both to an incredible number of individual species and to species that are found no where else in the world. Of the estimated 6,300 plant species that occur in the Tumbesian region, 20% are endemic, and of the 253 species of reptiles and amphibians recorded, 60% are endemic to the region. The area is also home to approximately 800 bird species, including 84 range-restricted species.

Despite its uniqueness, the Tumbesian region is also one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world.

The characteristic habitat type of the region, tropical dry forest, has been largely decimated by human population pressure and agricultural conversion. Today, only 5% of the Tumbesian region remains in good condition and many of the region’s endemic species are in danger of extinction. Specifically, 19 bird species and four mammal species are currently known to be threatened.

Rainforest Trust and our partner’s next steps include expanding Jorupe Reserve through land purchase and conservation easements.