The Critically-Endangered Ecuadorian white-fronted capuchin monkey (Cebus albifrons ssp. aequatorialis) lives in Ecuador's coastal forests. (Photo by Eva Filipczykova.)
SavingSpecies’ new Ecuador project will help protect endangered monkeys, birds and frogs
We are thrilled to announce that we are embarking on a forest restoration and conservation project! We are especially excited that this project is in a new country for SavingSpecies: Ecuador!
Ecuador is rich with spectacular biodiversity, with more bird species per square kilometer than any other country. It also has the highest plant species of any South American country. And it boasts hundreds of frog and reptile species, thousands of kinds of butterflies and countless other invertebrates.
What makes Ecuador among the hottest of biodiversity hotspots is the country’s high levels of endemism. This exceptional endemism stems from the variety of distinct ecosystems in close proximity to one another.
Despite being one of the world’s natural treasures, Ecuador faces many threats, including oil and gas development. These extractive activities put countless species at risk, and also displace indigenous peoples from their traditional homes. Indeed, Ecuador ranks second among Latin American countries for deforestation.
Now, SavingSpecies is putting its scientific expertise to work in Ecuador, helping to restore degraded forests in northwest coastal Ecuador. The restored area will serve as a 68 hectare corridor between two existing protected forests—forests that literally teem with life.
By expanding the effective conservation area and linking existing forest the project will also increase genetic diversity among populations of endangered frogs, birds, and mammals—including two critically endangered species, the Ecuadorian blue glass frog and the Ecuadorian white-fronted capuchin monkey.
To make this project a reality, SavingSpecies has teamed up with IUCN-Netherlands to support our local partners, Ecuadorian-based non-profits Grupo Ecológico Jama-Coaque (GEJC) and Third Millennium Alliance (TMA). These groups have years of experience in this corner of Ecuador and know the region’s biodiversity and the local people very well. Together, we are raising funds to help the Ecuadorian organizations purchase the land for restoration to be held by local Ecuadorians in perpetuity, solely for its conservation.
Click here to learn more about our Ecuador project. And please join the effort by donating to support the project. Thank you!