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
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.
WLT-US and our partner's next steps include expanding Jorupe Reserve through land purchase and conservation easements.