Creating The World’s First Entirely
in Ecuador’s Chocó Rainforest
Thanks to generous support from our donors, we have successfully reached our fundraising goal for this project!
This site is home to iconic species like the Ocelot and Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth and rare species like the Endangered Black-and-Chestnut Eagle and the Critically Endangered Brown-headed Spider Monkey. The property also contains many local endemics — species found nowhere else in the world — including several new-to-science species, including a blue-eyed Pristimantis frog and the Dracula Anole. The proposed reserve is the only known site in Ecuador for the Endangered Carchi Andes Toad, and one of only two known sites in the world for the Critically Endangered Rio Faisanes Stubfoot Toad, once thought extinct.
The proposed reserve land is under threat of residential and commercial development, as well as land transformation for plantations and livestock ranching. For-profit logging is a regular occurrence in the region. Flora and fauna are at risk of competition with invasive species, and diseases like the chytrid fungus can decimate frog populations.
Rainforest Trust, Reserva: The Youth Land Trust and local partner Fundación EcoMinga have raised $178,296 in funding to purchase this property, and it has been raised entirely through the support of people 26 years old and younger.
Every $1 you donated to save habitat in Ecuador was matched with $1 through our SAVES Challenge. Your gift had DOUBLE the impact!
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