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The Alto de Ventanas ecoregion in Colombia contains some of the highest levels of endemic and threatened species in the country’s Antioquia district. Home to numerous imperiled animals and plants – including rare magnolias and orchids – this region is threatened by the continuous fragmentation of forests, primarily resulting from livestock farming and the creation of new pastures.
Rainforest Trust and partner SalvaMontes Corporation are working to expand Selva de Ventanas Natural Reserve by 120 acres. This is a vital component of the strategic network of biological corridors being created to connect remaining forest fragments. This proposed expansion contains 32 percent of the global population of Ventanas Magnolia (Magnolia polyhypsophylla), the most endangered tree species in the region with only 25 adult individuals known in the world. It is urgent that properties available for sale which strategically link this biological corridor be purchased for conservation efforts instead of being auctioned for farming purposes.
Alto de Ventanas region, Colombia
Key Species (Based on IUCN Red List)
Ventanas Magnolia (Magnolia polyhypsophylla – CR), Handley’s Slender Mouse Opossum (CR), Yarumal Magnolia (Magnolia yarumalensis – EN), at least 13 Critically Endangered or Endangered orchid species
Expand Selva de Ventanas Natural Reserve
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The proposed expansion of Selva de Ventanas Natural Reserve contains 32 percent of the global population of the Critically Endangered Ventanas Magnolia, which is considered to be the most threatened tree species in the region.
This area is also home to seven bird species, one amphibian species and 26 plant species, 13 of which are species of orchids with at least two considered to be new to science (from the genus Lepanthes). The Critically Endangered Handley’s Slender Mouse Opossum is likely to be found in the proposed expansion, as it was recently collected just 1 kilometer from the site. It is also suspected that a Critically Endangered frog species (Niceforonia adenobrachia) also occurs in this area.
The greatest threat to the biodiversity in this region is the continuous fragmentation of forests, primarily resulting from livestock farming and the creation of new pastures.
It is urgent that properties available for sale which strategically link a vital biological corridor be purchased for conservation efforts instead of being auctioned for farming purposes.
Our local partner will engage in community outreach and environmental education programs to promote the creation of nature reserves and consolidation of biological corridors in the region of Alto de Ventanas.
One of these channels will be through municipal boards that will provide educational material about environmental initiatives to the nearby urban population.
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